Pa. state college system proposal: Merge 14 universities into two new schools

Written by on April 27, 2021

Pa. state college system proposal: Merge 14 universities into two new schools

By Katie Meyer / WHYY

April 27, 2021

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Pennsylvania’s state college system wants to consolidate six of its 14 universities into two new ones in an effort to save money after years of largely flat funding. The commonwealth’s spending on higher education is among the lowest in the country. 

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In planning documents newly released this week, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education estimated it can save more than $18 million after five years, and make the schools more financially sustainable. 

A vote on the plan is expected Wednesday. 

If it’s approved, there will be 60 days for public comment, and then a final vote will happen in the summer, and the plan will move forward. 

The biggest opposition so far has come from the union that represents faculty in the state system. 

It said in a statement that it’s reading the plans carefully, and keeping “student concerns” at the forefront.

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