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8/25/2016

State System offers faculty cash payments this year, raises next two

​In the midst of serious fiscal constraints, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has proposed increasing faculty pay—already among the highest in the nation— while preserving student affordability. >>More

8/24/2016

State System assures students that fall classes will begin as scheduled despite APSCUF strike threats

​As representatives from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and its faculty union continue negotiations toward a new contract, State System officials assured students this week that classes will begin Monday, as scheduled, despite the union’s threat of a strike. >>More

8/18/2016

State System ‘Fact Center’ provides even greater transparency about universities

Looking for information about Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education? Maybe you’re curious about how many students attend the 14 universities, what are the most popular majors, or how many degrees the institutions award each year? How about the economic and employment impact the universities have on their communities, their regions and the Commonwealth? Answers to these questions and more are just a click away in the State System’s “Fact Center” located at passhe.edu/factcenter.
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8/16/2016

New Board chair learned value of education from father and mother at very young age

​As a very young girl, Cynthia Shapira, the daughter of a dentist father and a traditional homemaker mother, was certain that girls could do anything boys could do. And academic achievement was a high priority in her home growing up.
“Our parents placed the highest expectations on me, and on my brothers,” she said. ​ >>More

8/10/2016

State System addresses faculty union negotiations

​Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education continues to bargain in good faith with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the union that represents faculty at the 14 state-owned universities. The two sides have met 18 times since negotiations began last year, with the latest session concluding this afternoon. >>More

7/20/2016

Slippery Rock University awarded ‘Green Ribbon’ status by U.S. Department of Education

​Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania was recognized today by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Green Ribbon School” for its “exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education.” SRU was one of only 11 colleges and universities in the nation to receive the award. >>More

7/14/2016

State System 'gap analysis' study reveals Pennsylvania's future workforce needs

​Nearly 1 million skilled jobs will need to be filled across Pennsylvania through 2024, with the greatest need in the areas of healthcare, business and finance and computer and mathematical occupations. Significant workforce “gaps” could occur in many of those high-demand fields, meaning there won’t be enough educated workers to fill all of the available positions. >>More

7/14/2016

Board of Governors approves $89-per-semester tuition increase for State System universities

​Continuing efforts by the universities to contain their costs, combined with a second straight year of increased investment by the Commonwealth, helped enable the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to approve the smallest percentage tuition increase in more than a decade. >>More

7/14/2016

Board of Governors approves new degree programs in urban and environmental planning, human resource management

​The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in urban and environmental planning and a Master of Science in human resource management, both to be offered by West Chester University of Pennsylvania. >>More

6/10/2016

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education details latest contract offer to faculty union

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today detailed its latest offer for a new collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the union that represents faculty at the 14 state-owned universities. The two sides exchanged proposals yesterday. The Board of Governors worked for more than a year with leadership from the universities, including the councils of trustees, and the Office of the Chancellor to identify necessary changes to the faculty contract. These changes are intended to enable the universities to better serve the changing needs of students while responding to their own fiscal challenges.
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5/23/2016

H. Fred Walker named Edinboro University president

​The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today unanimously selected Dr. H. Fred Walker to be the next president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1. Dr. Walker is dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology, a position he has held since 2008. He previously was a professor and chair of the Department of Technology at the University of Southern Maine. He also served for nearly a decade in the U.S. Navy.
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4/29/2016

Pennsylvania colleges, universities sign international agreement to partner with schools in India

​The Pennsylvania Global Education & Business Hub, an initiative begun nearly four years ago to help promote colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to students from India, took another step forward today with the signing of a new international partnership agreement. Representatives of more than 20 Pennsylvania public and private colleges and universities and the Ryan International Group of Institutions in Mumbai, India, signed the agreement at a ceremony held in the state Capitol. Through the initiative, a pair of Pennsylvania Education Centers already have been established in Mumbai and Bangalore to promote the schools to potential students. The centers are funded and staffed by Indian partner institutions.
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4/27/2016

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education universities list spring commencements, speakers

​Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet and award-winning actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph will join outstanding alumni, faculty and students among the scheduled speakers who will address graduates of the 14 universities that comprise Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Spring commencement ceremonies will be held May 6-9 on the various State System campuses. >>More

4/7/2016

Millersville University student wins 16th annual Ali-Zaidi Award

​Mervin Fansler, a senior at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from Columbia, has been named the 2016 winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. He received $1,000 along with a commemorative medallion for his achievement. >>More

4/7/2016

State System’s Board of Governors approves five new academic programs

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today approved five new academic degree programs, including three doctoral programs and a pair of bachelor’s degrees, in engineering and international business. The new programs represent the State System universities’ continuing efforts to align their programming with the needs of students and employers in their regions, the Commonwealth and beyond. ​​ >>More

4/7/2016

Geraldine M. Jones named president of California University of Pennsylvania

​The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today unanimously selected Geraldine M. Jones as the next president of California University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Jones has served as the university’s interim president since March 2013. >>More

4/7/2016

East Stroudsburg University student wins fifth annual Business Plan Competition

​An East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania student who developed “Fader Plugs,” designed to protect the wearer from harmful noise, won the $10,000 first place prize in the fifth annual Student Business Plan Competition sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. >>More

4/6/2016

Students lead advocacy effort in support of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

​Student-led teams from each of the 14 universities that comprise Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education canvassed the Capitol today, meeting with legislators to discuss the important role the universities play in each of the campus communities, as well as in their regions and across the Commonwealth. >>More

4/1/2016

Finalists selected in Fifth Annual Business Plan Competition

​One of 10 finalists will receive $10,000 in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education’s fifth annual Business Plan Competition, designed to provide student entrepreneurs a real-world opportunity to pitch their original business plans and to win funds to assist in the start-up of their businesses. >>More

3/30/2016

PA community colleges, State System universities sign statewide ‘reverse transfer’ agreement

​Students who began their studies at a community college in Pennsylvania before transferring to a university within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education might already have earned enough credits to receive their first degree.  And now there’s an easy way for them to get it, through the newly launched “reverse transfer” initiative. >>More

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