Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education ​​​​​​Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education was established on July 1, 1983, although the 14 universities that comprise the State System have a much longer history.

The mission of the State System is as relevant today as it was at its founding: to increase educational attainment in the Commonwealth; to prepare students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for professional and personal success in their lives; and to contribute to the economic, social, and cultural development of Pennsylvania’s communities, the Commonwealth, and the nation. The universities

The mission of the State System is as relevant today as it was at its founding: to increase educational attainment in the Commonwealth; to prepare students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for professional and personal success in their lives; and to contribute to the economic, social, and cultural development of Pennsylvania’s communities, the Commonwealth, and the nation. The universities

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Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., the Board of Governors will hold a virtual meeting during which it will receive an update regardi...
06/29/2021
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Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., the Board of Governors will hold a virtual meeting during which it will receive an update regarding the proposed university integrations plans. You can view the webcast live online.

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“When you are able to bring about a product like this, it makes you proud, and it makes you better appreciate your conne...
06/24/2021

“When you are able to bring about a product like this, it makes you proud, and it makes you better appreciate your connection with your students. I was constantly thinking of my students, how they learn and what their needs are, how I would present this in a classroom, how I would explain a particular concept to them."

Kudos to Dr. Ali Sezer! #PASSHEProud #Prepared4PA

Cal U chemistry professor Dr. Ali Sezer has written and designed a new chemistry book meant to make basic scientific concepts easy to learn. The book will be published November 2, 2021. Congratulations Dr. Sezer! We can't wait to check it out!

For more: https://www.calu.edu/news/2021/professor-writes-chemistry-book.aspx.

"Our respiratory therapy educators are committed to developing outstanding practitioners who make essential contribution...
06/16/2021

"Our respiratory therapy educators are committed to developing outstanding practitioners who make essential contributions to the healthcare teams in our region.” #PASSHEProud #Prepared4PA

The Mansfield University-Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Respiratory Therapy program was recently recognized for achieving a 100% credentialing success rate for Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).

Story: https://bit.ly/3iGivcS

Join us for an outstanding gathering of thought leaders and curious minds. Register for the 2021 PASSHE Diversity, Equit...
06/15/2021

Join us for an outstanding gathering of thought leaders and curious minds. Register for the 2021 PASSHE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit.

https://bit.ly/3wuiA7k

Join us for an outstanding gathering of thought leaders and curious minds. Register for the 2021 PASSHE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit.

https://bit.ly/3wuiA7k

ICYMI: Indiana University of Pennsylvania is working with colleagues at eight State System universities to create new wa...
06/11/2021

ICYMI: Indiana University of Pennsylvania is working with colleagues at eight State System universities to create new ways of teaching geosciences, designed to improve instruction and learning for Pennsylvania students, with the goal of increasing workforce and graduate school preparedness.

https://bit.ly/3cdlUeY #Prepared4PA

ICYMI: Indiana University of Pennsylvania is working with colleagues at eight State System universities to create new ways of teaching geosciences, designed to improve instruction and learning for Pennsylvania students, with the goal of increasing workforce and graduate school preparedness.

https://bit.ly/3cdlUeY #Prepared4PA

Partnerships involving Millersville University and Shippensburg University, private sector and community agencies are th...
06/09/2021

Partnerships involving Millersville University and Shippensburg University, private sector and community agencies are the first recipients of #Prepared4PA grants that support the creation of innovative credentialing programs to help Pennsylvanians advance in their careers.

Learn more. ➡ https://bit.ly/3v43xjp

Partnerships involving Millersville University and Shippensburg University, private sector and community agencies are the first recipients of #Prepared4PA grants that support the creation of innovative credentialing programs to help Pennsylvanians advance in their careers.

Learn more. ➡ https://bit.ly/3v43xjp

In Chancellor Dan Greenstein's latest blog post, he discusses some of the transformative work that will ensure that we c...
06/04/2021
Timeless Traditions. Changing Times.

In Chancellor Dan Greenstein's latest blog post, he discusses some of the transformative work that will ensure that we continue to be here for all of Pennsylvanians now and into the future.
https://bit.ly/3inR6wh

Summertime is here, which means another academic year has come and gone and with it a further cohort of students who have completed their de...

The State System will now host four public hearings next month to review the proposed university integrations, doubling ...
05/26/2021

The State System will now host four public hearings next month to review the proposed university integrations, doubling the number of opportunities the public has to directly voice their feedback, the Board of Governors announced today.​

Learn more. ➡ https://bit.ly/3wFgkdn

The State System will now host four public hearings next month to review the proposed university integrations, doubling the number of opportunities the public has to directly voice their feedback, the Board of Governors announced today.​

Learn more. ➡ https://bit.ly/3wFgkdn

The Board of Governors will webcast its integrations update workshop tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. View details ➡ https://bit.ly...
05/26/2021

The Board of Governors will webcast its integrations update workshop tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
View details ➡ https://bit.ly/2MQ1aAr

The Board of Governors will webcast its integrations update workshop tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
View details ➡ https://bit.ly/2MQ1aAr

When 22-year-old Essence Frazier received the letter from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania President Aaron Walton info...
05/24/2021

When 22-year-old Essence Frazier received the letter from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania President Aaron Walton informing her she had been chosen as class salutatorian, she was astonished. In her three years as a Cheyney student she has consistently maintained a 4.0 GPA. She transferred to Cheyney after a year at Harrisburg Area Community College. #studentsuccess #Redesigned4PA

Check out more graduate success highlights: ➡www.passhe.edu/systemsuccess

When 22-year-old Essence Frazier received the letter from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania President Aaron Walton informing her she had been chosen as class salutatorian, she was astonished. In her three years as a Cheyney student she has consistently maintained a 4.0 GPA. She transferred to Cheyney after a year at Harrisburg Area Community College. #studentsuccess #Redesigned4PA

Check out more graduate success highlights: ➡www.passhe.edu/systemsuccess

Congrats to Markisha Peace on this outstanding Teacher Impact Award. Markisha and more than 600,000 other alumni live an...
05/21/2021

Congrats to Markisha Peace on this outstanding Teacher Impact Award.

Markisha and more than 600,000 other alumni live and work in Pennsylvania, contributing to our economy and our communities. #Redesigned4PA

🍎 2019 GRAD & TEACHER RECIEVES TEACHING AWARD 🍎

Markisha Peace, a 2019 graduate of MU and 4th grade teacher at Foose Elementary School, recently received the 2021 Teacher Impact Award 🏆 This awards honor teachers for their exemplary dedication to their students and community and Peace was selected for the award from over 285 nominations.

“As an educator, I can be hard on myself and have had times where I forgot my “why,”” says Peace. “The Teacher Impact Award serves as a reminder that I am making a difference in the lives of my students. When sharing the news with my students about receiving the award, I informed them, “I’m accepting this award for US. I am a great teacher because each and every one of you have made me one.””

Peace says she loves being a teacher. “Teaching is a rewarding career that means more to me than just fulfilling a passion,” she explains. “I believe that by teaching, I am walking in my purpose and each opportunity I get to teach, is one where I can also create impact and leave an imprint. There are many things I enjoy about teaching; making my students feel loved and valued being one of them, but what I love most about teaching is educating the whole child and helping my students discover their purpose in life.”

Peace says she strives to create a “ . . . culturally responsive classroom where each student can feel loved, celebrated and included.” She credits her time at the ‘Ville as playing a big role in her development as a teacher. “MU has blessed me with a strong foundation and support system that has encouraged me to be the educator I am today.”

Her advice to aspiring educators? “I believe that teaching is one of the most challenging (yet rewarding) professions,” she says. “Teachers wear many hats, but one vital piece of advice to keep in mind is to take care of YOU first!”

Please help us congratulate Markisha in the comments below!

05/20/2021

Congrats to Caelan and all of the students who have been prepared for graduate school or successful careers within their field of study. #Redesigned4PA

Within 18-24 months of graduation,
- 95% of alumni are employed or pursuing a post-baccalaureate program
- 88% of alumni are working their field of study
- 72% of alumni are working in Pennsylvania

In this month's #Connectivity bulletin, Dr. Denise Pearson, Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion O...
05/18/2021

In this month's #Connectivity bulletin, Dr. Denise Pearson, Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, and her colleagues share some of the work happening throughout the
State System to create and sustain a world class system where diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of our DNA.
https://bit.ly/395Z2wW

In this month's #Connectivity bulletin, Dr. Denise Pearson, Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, and her colleagues share some of the work happening throughout the
State System to create and sustain a world class system where diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of our DNA.
https://bit.ly/395Z2wW

The Class of 2020 and 2021 continued to pursue their dreams through a global pandemic, while becoming stronger and more ...
05/17/2021

The Class of 2020 and 2021 continued to pursue their dreams through a global pandemic, while becoming stronger and more resilient. Their hard work and dedication deserve to be recognized and applauded. ​​#studentsuccess #systemsuccess

Check out some highlights: www.passhe.edu/systemsuccess

The Class of 2020 and 2021 continued to pursue their dreams through a global pandemic, while becoming stronger and more resilient. Their hard work and dedication deserve to be recognized and applauded. ​​#studentsuccess #systemsuccess

Check out some highlights: www.passhe.edu/systemsuccess

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05/11/2021

Photos from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education's post

Congratulations to our 2021 graduates, as well as a our 2020 graduates who were recognized for their hard work, dedicati...
05/11/2021

Congratulations to our 2021 graduates, as well as a our 2020 graduates who were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and success. The future is bright! ☀️

05/06/2021
Postsecondary Pathways | State Spotlight: Pennsylvania

Chancellor Dan Greenstein, and Vice Chancellor and Chief, Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Officer Denise Pearson are now live discussing how the State System is reimagining and reshaping public higher education for Pennsylvania. #Redesigned4PA

Chancellor Dan Greenstein, and Vice Chancellor and Chief, Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Officer Denise Pearson wi...
05/05/2021

Chancellor Dan Greenstein, and Vice Chancellor and Chief, Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Officer Denise Pearson will discuss how the State System is reimagining and reshaping public higher education for Pennsylvania. #Redesigned4PA

Funding and enrollment challenges for colleges and universities existed long before the pandemic. However, states like Pennsylvania are working to re-imagine their systems to increase student success, expand academic programming, and explore potential areas for growth. Join us on Thursday, May 6 to learn more! Register: https://bit.ly/2QITEcX

Today, the Board of Governors took the next step in System Redesign by voting to approve implementation plans (https://b...
04/28/2021

Today, the Board of Governors took the next step in System Redesign by voting to approve implementation plans (https://bit.ly/3xxMEQE) for the northeast and west university integrations (www.passhe.edu/integrations) so that we can begin a 60-day public review/comment period before the Board considers final approval this summer. These plans are aimed at bolstering student success and expanding opportunities, while ensuring high-quality, affordable postsecondary education remains accessible for all Pennsylvanians.

Today, and over the next 60 days, we want to hear from you. We invite you to read the implementation plans and offer comments (www.passhe.edu/publiccomment) by either joining us for a public hearing or submitting your comments online or by mail.

If you still have questions about process and what comes next, please check out our updated FAQs (https://bit.ly/3s7ANVZ). Our goal is to make sure you have all the information you need to be informed.

We’ll continue to provide additional updates over the upcoming weeks.

Today, the Board of Governors took the next step in System Redesign by voting to approve implementation plans (https://bit.ly/3xxMEQE) for the northeast and west university integrations (www.passhe.edu/integrations) so that we can begin a 60-day public review/comment period before the Board considers final approval this summer. These plans are aimed at bolstering student success and expanding opportunities, while ensuring high-quality, affordable postsecondary education remains accessible for all Pennsylvanians.

Today, and over the next 60 days, we want to hear from you. We invite you to read the implementation plans and offer comments (www.passhe.edu/publiccomment) by either joining us for a public hearing or submitting your comments online or by mail.

If you still have questions about process and what comes next, please check out our updated FAQs (https://bit.ly/3s7ANVZ). Our goal is to make sure you have all the information you need to be informed.

We’ll continue to provide additional updates over the upcoming weeks.

In Chancellor Dan Greenstein's latest blog, “Real people. Real voices,” he focuses on some important observations from t...
04/27/2021

In Chancellor Dan Greenstein's latest blog, “Real people. Real voices,” he focuses on some important observations from the academic year. #Redesigned4PA
https://bit.ly/3gIinsc

In Chancellor Dan Greenstein's latest blog, “Real people. Real voices,” he focuses on some important observations from the academic year. #Redesigned4PA
https://bit.ly/3gIinsc

State System universities offer a wide range of programs and services for military members, veterans, and their families...
04/23/2021

State System universities offer a wide range of programs and services for military members, veterans, and their families. We are committed to supporting their success.​​

Check out some #success highlights:
https://www.passhe.edu/systemsuccess

State System universities offer a wide range of programs and services for military members, veterans, and their families. We are committed to supporting their success.​​

Check out some #success highlights:
https://www.passhe.edu/systemsuccess

Last evening the initiative ideas of State System Startup Challenge finalists were recognized with prize money to assist...
04/22/2021

Last evening the initiative ideas of State System Startup Challenge finalists were recognized with prize money to assist in making their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur come true! Congrats to all those who participated, supported, judged or sponsored the 2020-2021 challenge!

The Board of Governors took the historic step of freezing basic in-state tuition for a third consecutive year, affirming...
04/15/2021
Press Releases | PA State System of Higher Education

The Board of Governors took the historic step of freezing basic in-state tuition for a third consecutive year, affirming its commitment to keeping public higher education at its 14 universities affordable for students during the ongoing pandemic. #Redesigned4PA

Read more including an update on #DEI efforts. ⬇https://bit.ly/32fRDHl

​HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education took the historic step of freezing basic in-state tuition for a third consecutive year, affirming its commitment to keeping public higher education at its 14 universities affordable for students durin...

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Truly disappointed that you are trying to merge Bloomsburg University with other schools. Hope the alumni and present students fight this decision and prevent it from happening.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is a good investment for the Commonwealth. We need less talking and more action from state officials in support of affordable higher education for our students, both in relation to four-year colleges and technical schools.
How can I publicly state that I am 100% against this bizarre combination of multiple PA State Universities? I had no problem at all when BSC and the other State colleges became the State University system, but this destroys the individual character of the different schools and accomplishes little. If this is to save money, find some better way.
Shippensburg University's refusal to take decisive disciplinary action against Olivia Penwell is inexcusable. Her hate speech is contrary to the concept of free and open inquiry in an academic environment. The administration's lame excuse, that they can't legally do anything about her conduct, causes me to question why my tax dollars are supporting such an environment. It's especially galling to know what she is up to, considering that she is a "criminal justice" major; I shudder to think of the number of similarly credentialed Shippensburg graduates who are worsening the current state of virtual war between legal authorities and minority communities.
I've always admired my sister, she's smart, cool, caring, and extremely FUNNY!🤣 She's the main reason I attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, I followed her there. Help me congratulate my sister Terry Little-Davis for receiving the Educator of the Year Award, 2019-2020! #PASSHE Proud!
According to the Penn Live article, “The State System of Higher Education wants to achieve $250 million in savings and efficiencies within the next two years to align its costs with revenues.” In the past forty years, the growth rate in the number of administrative staff at U.S. universities has been five times that of professors. Chancellor Greenstein, where are the cuts being made to PASSHE administration? Or have you only proposed faculty cuts?
How are the closed universities planning on reimbursing students for room and board at those universities that are going online? What arrangements are being made for those who are living in university towns in apartments for them to recoup the rent they have paid for the semester?
Excited to see that Chancellor Dan closed his recent update with the motto from my alma mater, Clark University, #FiatLux #LetThereBeLight
I think it’s time Pennsylvania start teaching about killing contests...your state is one of the worst..
BOUNDLESS: ARTS AND INTELLECTS - OCTOBER 11 & 12 at MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY. Don't call it a STEM Conference (sorry, nothing personal)! This is the first ever PSSHE wide conference in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the DEADLINE is fast approaching - midnight September 2nd. Follow the link below for full details!!!
BOUNDLESS: ARTS AND INTELLECTS - hosted by Millersville University, held at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster - a conference for students and faculty in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences - October 11 &12 Submission are being accepted RIGHT NOW! (Deadline: September 2nd, early bird deadline - June 30) For more information, visit the conference website:
PASSHE Contract Provisions Preventing Flexibility  Page 14- Article B7 – in order for a faculty member to teach in another department it takes approval of the President and a secret majority ballot of the current department faculty. Work in other department cannot exceed 50% of the member’s workload  B8 –-no permanent movement of faculty between universities -visiting professors limited to 4 academic terms maximum and must be approved by secret ballot of the sending and receiving department’s faculty as well as approval of both Presidents. Must also remain an employee of the sending university.  Page 19- non bargaining unit employees need secret ballot approval of department faculty and APSCUF to teach  Page 22 – no faculty can be hired without approval of department members  Page 23- temporary and part-time faculty may not exceed 25% of the full time equivalent (FTE)  Page 83- credit for 25% of workload if a local APSCUF president  Page 85-overload compensation  Page 90- must maintain membership in APSCUF as condition of employment  Page 91- Article 29 – retrenchment • Notice must be sent by university to the union before August 1 for the following academic year if there are “changes in finances” and the possibility of retrenchment, however if it’s for program curtailment or elimination of course, April 1 is the date the notice must be sent • Must try to use Attrition first, then by length of service in this order temp PT, temp FT, regular PT, and regular FT—by seniority in each category. Before retrenching must make reasonable effort to place in another bargaining unit, with the right to “bump” others  Page 102- inter-university transfers- • University president must run through chancellor • Department faculty may reject, in which case, the president can only provisionally transfer for a maximum 2 years  Page 108, universities have no claim to intellectual property, unless substantial PASSHE resources used  Page 111 – branch campuses • A faculty member may only be used , if their initial letter of employment provides for that or if they volunteer, they cannot be reassigned…must be paid bonuses • Must notify department if a course will be taught at a branch campus  Page 114 – distance education • Cannot downsize in any department using distance education • Cannot require participation of faculty unless in letter of appointment • Faculty get special payment to develop a course