Board Approves Implementation Plan

Apr 28, 2021

Interim University President Robert Thorn updates the Cal U community on the board's action and the 60-day public comment period. His message is below.


To our campus community:

Today the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education voted to approve the proposed implementation plan for integrating Cal U, Clarion and Edinboro universities. The board’s vote launches a 60-day public comment period, followed by a final vote in July.

The Western Integration plan, developed by more than 400 students, faculty and staff at Cal U and our partner universities, is available online at

I encourage you to review the plan, which places student access, affordability and success at the forefront. Together with our partners, we can do more for our students than any one campus can do alone.

Until the public comment period closes on June 30, all members of our campus community, as well as the general public, may submit their comments about the plan to the State System office, which will share them with the board for its consideration.

Your comment may be submitted by mail, email or online, or at one of the virtual public hearings scheduled for June 9 and 10. Look for details at

More information about today’s board meeting is available in a news release from the State System.

This is an important moment in our University’s history. California has transformed itself many times over the past 168 years, and that evolution continues. As we proudly honor our past, we are taking steps to address today’s challenges and build a brighter future for our community, our campus and our students.