About the System Redesign...a brief review    


In 2016, the State System undertook a strategic review of all of its operations, from top to bottom. The goal: to identify areas of necessary change to help ensure the long-term success of the 14 universities within the State System. The review resulted in recommendations based on input from students, faculty, staff, university and system leaders, legislators, community leaders, and a national consultant. Coming out of the review, the Board established three priorities:

1 Ensuring student success

2 Leveraging university strengths

3 Transforming the governance/leadership structure

In 2017, the System has moved from "review" to "redesign" mode. The Board of Governors affirmed its commitment to the long-term stability of all 14 universities in the State System so that each may continue to serve students, its region, and the Commonwealth. During Phase 1 of the System Redesign, the Chancellor developed a process to operationalize the System Redesign—establishing small, focused task groups to accomplish specific objectives related to the three strategic priorities. Based on the work of the task groups, the Board has begun cutting red tape and already is reshaping the State System to be more student focused and less bureaucratic. 


  • Delegated authority to the chancellor to approve new degree programs brought forward by the universities—increasing the speed at which new programs move from concept to reality; this will allow students to have quicker access to new programs.
  • Streamlined the processes for facilities planning and real property acquisition/disposal; this will allow the universities to operate more efficiently.
  • Eliminated or updated more than two dozen outdated, unnecessary, or burdensome policies; this will enable the universities to be more nimble.
  • Identified additional policy changes to provide greater flexibility to the universities; this will continue efforts to empower the universities to better meet the needs of students.
  • Launched a webpage to enable everyone to engage in the System Redesign effort, provide comments on proposed policy changes, and track the progress of the task groups; this will ensure the involvement of all stakeholders in the process.

A successful redesign will have a positive impact on students, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire System, and ensure strategic changes that support the System's long-term success. We are redesigning the System to help our students and universities thrive into the future.​



The diagram below shows the steps that have been taken thus far in the process to reshape the State System for the future—starting with the System Review and now with the System Redesign.

Preparation for System Review

June 2016 - January 2017

System Review

February 2017 - July 2017

  • Data collection and stakeholder input
  • Analysis of data and comments
  • Presentation of recommendations

Analysis of recommendations

July 2017 - October 2017

  • University and System leaders analyze recommendations
  • Overarching themes emerge
  • Chancellor visits campuses; gathers stakeholder input of themes

Board adopts 3 strategic priorities

October 2017

Phase 1 task groups launched

December 2017

Board takes various actions on Phase 1 task group recommendations (see accomplisments listed above)

January 2018 - July 2018

Dan Greenstein begins role as Chancellor; continues System Redesign efforts

September 2018

Chancellor shares roadmap for Phase 2 of System Redesign during public meeting of the Board

October 2018

Phase 2 task groups launched

November 2018