'Powerhouse universities' would each retain local identity, student housing, athletics and unique campus experience. Read interim President Robert Thorn's update to the Cal U community:
At its quarterly meeting today, the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education received an update on the effort to integrate Cal U, Clarion and Edinboro universities into a single entity in western Pennsylvania, and to create a second entity by integrating Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield in the northeast.
Plans are taking shape to create powerhouse universities that will expand academic opportunities for students of all backgrounds, support student success, foster enrollment growth and strengthen financial sustainability. Each integrated university would have a single academic program array, faculty cohort, enrollment management strategy, budget and leadership team.
Under the plan, each of the six campuses would retain its local identity, student housing, athletics and unique campus experience. The Western Integration also has been charged with developing a “virtual campus” to offer fully online programs and degrees.
More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff and volunteers have been directly involved with integration planning, serving on 29 working groups and 215 subgroups across the two regions.
Cal U is well represented. Individuals from our campus are filling 287 roles, including many leadership positions. I appreciate their commitment of time, energy and expertise in support of this far-reaching project.
I also want to thank our student leaders who are making their voices heard through the Western Integration’s Student Advisory Board and as members of working groups focused on student government, student associations and other important topics. Your insights into the student experience make a valuable contribution to this project.
More information is contained in the State System news release issued after the Board of Governors’ meeting. The detailed integration update presented to the Board also is available on the System Redesign website, www.passhe.edu/redesign.
Please find time to review these documents, as well as the Integration FAQ on our own Cal U website. Momentum for integration is building – and with it, the promise of a more vibrant and secure future for our campus.
Robert J. Thorn