Six public schools move to integrate into two new universities

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The six labeled to be merged will retain their historical names and identities

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The plan to merge six of Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities was unanimously approved in July by the board of directors of the State System of Higher Education.

Bloomsburg, Mansfield and Lock Haven universities in northern Pennsylvania will form a single institution; the universities of California, Clarion, and Edinboro in western Pennsylvania, the other. The change will be implemented gradually, with the first students being assessed at the new universities in August 2022.

The action is part of a multi-year effort to overhaul the system to improve student success and the institution’s financial viability.

Dan Greenstein, D.Phil., Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State Higher Education System, joins Talk smart Monday to lay out plan details and challenges.


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