System Redesign Phase 3

 

University Integrations​​

 

 

​​University integrations in the West and Northeast were unanimously approved by the Board of Governors on July 14, 2021. This effort is designed to increase opportunities for students while ensuring our institutions are here to serve for decades to come.  By bringing California, Clarion and Edinboro together in the West and Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield​ together in the east we can:  

  • Expand program breadth while maintaining essential residential character at each campus  

  • Capitalize on existing strengths at all institutions; achieve more together than any one of them could do alone  

  • Invest in new areas to serve new students who need our help, growing enrollment, driving regional economic development  

  • Re-tool and strengthen supports for all students  

  • Reduce administrative costs investing savings in student success 

Our goal is to make sure you have all the information you need to be informed and the opportunity to provide feedback.  We’ll continue to provide additional updates over the upcoming weeks.  

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Integration News

 

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Northeast Plan​ West Plan​ Integrations FAQ​ Resources​ Working Groups​ Public Comment  Student Survey

 

 

The Process

 

  • Conduct a financial review of financial impacts of potential integrations (July - October 2020)
  • Develop the implementation plan(s) for any integration(s) identified by the Board to move forward (October 2020 - April 2021) 
  • Share the implementation plan(s) with the public, holding public hearings and taking public comments on the plan 
  • Submit the implementation plan(s) for final approval by the Board; unanimously approved on July 14, 2021
  • Begin implementation (July 2021 - August 2022) 


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Integrations Timeline​

October 2021

The Board of Governors voted to request a $550 million general fund appropriation for the next fiscal year as part of a renewed partnership between the State System and the Commonwealth. The request exceeds last year's general operating request by $73 million and will enable the System to continue implementing plans for university integrations that were approved in July, in addition to the ongoing System Redesign efforts occurring across the System. While each campus will retain their local identity and brand, a name for the integrated western university that will include California, Clarion and Edinboro was also announced. The new university will be known as Pennsylvania Western University, or PennWest for short.


July 2021​​

​​University integrations in the West and Northeast were unanimously approved by the Board of Governors on July 14, 2021. Prior to the approval, the team completed updates to the implementation plans based on the public comments received. Those changes were shared during the May and June public workshops with the Board of Governors. The “Guide to Plan Changes" (below) provides an overview of the changes that were made in each section of the plans.  Below you can also access links to “clean" versions of both updated plans along with “tracked changes" versions of both updated plans. 


April 2021​​

Plans for the proposed integrations in the West (California, Clarion, and Edinboro) and Northeast (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield) are now available (click below). On April 28​ the Board of Governors took the next step in System Redesign by voting to approve implementation plans for the northeast and west university integrations so that we can begin a 60-day public review/comment period​ before the Board considers final approval this summer.

March 2021​​

Plans for the proposed integrations in the West (California, Clarion, and Edinboro) and Northeast (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield) continue to take shape as we look ahead to consideration by the Board of Governors in the coming months. Here is an update​ on the work underway in a number of areas: Middle States Accreditation, Academic Updates, and NCAA Athletics. 


​February 2021​​

​The Chancellor presented an integrations progress report to the Board of Governors at its February 2021 meeting. At its next quarterly meeting in April 2021, the Board is expected to consider implementation plans, and if preliminarily approved, those plans will be subject to two public hearings and a 60-day public comment period. The Board will review public comments and consider final approval of implementation plans as early as July 2021, which would mean the first cohort of students to enroll in an integrated university is Fall 2022.


​October 2020

With an eye toward expanding opportunity and service to the Commonwealth, at its October 2020​ meeting, the Board of Governors affirmed the System’s efforts to continue planning for the integration of six of its universities. The board unanimously affirmed the process and next step after Chancellor Dan Greenstein presented findings from an initial financial review of the proposed integrations. The System is exploring two possible combinations – California-Clarion-Edinboro and Bloomsburg-Lock Haven-Mansfield – and each integration would operate as a single accredited entity with a single leadership, faculty, enrollment management strategy, and budget while honoring local identity.​


July 2020

At its July 2020 meeting, the Board of Governors authorized the Chancellor to review the financial impacts of potentially integrating operations at selected State System universities as part of Phase 3 of System Redesign. This effort is intended to ​help all State System institutions sustainably provide their students and their communities with affordable, quality higher education for year​s to come.