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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The university and town here have been abuzz since a story indicating a decision to close Mansfield University could be made sometime in the coming months due to declining enrollment and increasing budget deficits ran in this paper Sunday. In response, university President Gen. Francis Hendricks said he thought the headline was “totally unfair” to Mansfield.
By Cheryl R. Clarke, (The Williamsport) Sun-Gazette

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bloomsburg University is home to almost 10,000 students. But like 12 other state-owned schools in the commonwealth - enrollment is down. "It's based on a number of factors. The most prominent would be the number of high school graduates available," said Tom Fletcher, the vice president of strategic enrollment at Bloomsburg University.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Cheyney University turns 180 years-old this year and will celebrate during its annual Founder’s Day Convocation on March 1. Cheyney Interim President Frank G. Pogue said in a statement, “Cheyney remains the only system institution where diversity is not just a dream, it’s a reality.”

By Ryanne Persinger, The Philadelphia Tribune

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Lock Haven University enjoys outstanding student satisfaction, according to ratings compiled by SR Education Group. SR Education Group has just released a major update to The 2017 Top Graduate Schools. In it, Lock Haven University ranks eighth for its online master’s degree in counseling.

The (Lock Haven) Express

Sunday, February 26, 2017
In this rural corner of northwestern Pennsylvania, where low-cost college options are few, Austin Horner is getting a shot at a four-year education thanks to the state university here. So far, the sophomore from Warren County who hopes one day to teach, has a GPA above 3.0 and feels at home on the campus of Edinboro University with its man-made lake, deep snows in winter and a small-town feel. “It’s such a friendly environment,” he said.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday, February 27, 2017
The borough of Edinboro ranks among the most idyllic spots in Erie County. It is graced with small-town charm, a scenic lake, and the sprawling, leafy Edinboro University of Pennsylvania campus that has long offered affordable higher education, as well as support of the college town's economy. That could be part of the reason the numbers aired at the university's town hall on Feb. 16 were so jarring and alarming.
The Erie Times-News (editorial)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received $30,000 through Gov. Tom Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” campaign to address campus sexual assault. IUP is one of 36 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania selected to receive funding, which will be used to implement strategies to address goals of the program.
The Indiana Gazette

Thursday, February 23, 2017
By mid-summer and late fall, several universities in the 105,000-student State System of Higher Education will have depleted their operational reserves and be looking to borrow from other reserves that are dedicated to funding student housing and dining operations to keep the doors open. By next summer, if nothing changes, enrollment continues to decline, and more funding doesn't become made available, those schools will become totally out of money, said system Chancellor Frank Brogan. With that as a backdrop, Brogan told lawmakers on Thursday an urgency exists to make some changes to the way the system operates and set its financially struggling universities on a sustainable path.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Pennsylvania’s state university system needs a major shake-up to remain solvent, the commonwealth’s top higher education official said Thursday.  “Everything has to be on the table,” Frank Brogan, chancellor of the State System of Higher Education, told the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the system’s budget. “If sacred cows are created along the way, they will stack up … and nothing will happen.”
By Angela Couloumbis, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Friday, February 10, 2017
Shippensburg University held a ceremony on Thursday for a new center that will add to the university's business school, dedicating the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation.
By Daniel Urie, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The State System of Higher Education late Wednesday approved another $8 million line of credit so financially troubled Cheyney University can continue operating and said future infusions will require the school to create a new institutional model and revised mission to stabilize finances.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Gov. Tom Wolf has asked the Legislature to provide nearly $9 million more to the state system that oversees 14 publicly funded universities. Frank Brogan, chancellor of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, is asking lawmakers for a financial boost that is nearly seven times higher than Wolf's. It would push total funding to $505.2 million.

By Steve Esack, The (Allentown) Morning Call

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has been approved to receive an $8 million line of credit in order to meet its financial obligations. The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education unanimously approved the line of credit on Wednesday. A condition of the line of credit is that the school will be required to establish a new institutional model that ensures it can balance its own budget in the future.

By Christian Alexandersen, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Saturday, February 25, 2017
In the coming months, some of the schools in Pennsylvania’s 14-university system of higher education may get pink slips. Dropping post-recession enrollments, financial struggles at some system schools and unwillingness by the state to come to the rescue is driving an exploration that could result in recommendations that some of the schools shut their doors. Such closings are relatively unheard of among state university systems, although they may become more common amid dropping higher education enrollments nationwide and state aid languishing below pre-recession levels.
By Marc Levy, The Associated Press

Saturday, February 25, 2017
President Donald Trump's failed attempt to ban travelers from predominantly Muslim countries and his promise to revisit the issue in an order that could come this week, have sown fear at Pennsylvania universities, which for decades have valued and fostered open borders.
By Steve Esack andJacqueline Palochko, The (Allentown) Morning Call

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education could shut down or consolidate some of its 14 universities. The state system was formed in 1983 to bring centralized state control over Kutztown, East Stroudsburg, Cheyney, Bloomsburg, California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester universities. Here are the top things to know about the possible closures:

The (Allentown) Morning Call

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Lock Haven University coaches have posed an alternative to cutting three sports. They recommend adding new ones instead. Rodney Jenkins, vice president for university relations, said this was the coaches’ response to the university administration’s proposal to give the ax to women’s swimming and to two men’s teams — indoor and outdoor track and field.
By Wendy Stiver, The (Lock Haven) Express

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Pennsyl­vania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) supported Mansfield University students with $8,000 to the PSECU Scholarship Fund on Feb. 6. That is an increase of $4,500 from last year.
The (Williamsport) Sun-Gazette

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Calling it as a path to multicultural understanding, officials from Kutztown University and Ming Chuan University of Taiwan signed a student and faculty exchange agreement Monday at ceremonies in Kutztown.
By Ron Devlin, The Reading Eagle

Friday, February 17, 2017
Kutztown University students and community members know hateful posters like the white nationalist ones that popped up on campus last week can be more than just pieces of paper. They can be turned into origami, made into a paper mache bowl or used as kindling in a fire.
By Michelle Merlin, The (Allentown) Morning Call