​​System Redesign -  Moving forward toward sustained success​​

​Why Redesign the State System?

The State System is redesigning itself in response to an array of challenges that confront public higher education nationally, but are acutely concentrated in Pennsylvania. As such, all eyes are on Pennsylvania as it draws on lessons learned from more focused efforts in other states in order to fundamentally transform its education and business models—allowing it to sustainably drive economic development and social mobility into the 21st century. 

What began as a top-to-bottom System Review in 2016-17, soon transitioned into Phase 1 of System Redesign in 2017-18, Phase 2 in 2018-19, and is now rapidly moving forward in Phase 3.


University Integrations

University integrations is intended to increase opportunities for students while ensuring our institutions are here to serve for decades to come. ​

Public Comment

Three Priorities of System Redesign

1 Ensuring student success, 2 Leveraging university strengths, 3 Transforming the governance/leadership structure

Phase 1  Complete

Establish strategic priorities; address immediate needs


  • 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  • Eliminated or updated more than two dozen outdated, unnecessary, or burdensome policies; this will enable the universities to be more nimble.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.​

Phase 2  In Progress

Define the vision | Develop detailed implementation plans​

Progress/Teams ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Phase 3  Coming Soon

Execute plans with continual review for improvement​​