HARRISBURG, Pa. – Mansfield, Bloomsburg and Lock Haven universities in northern Pennsylvanua will be integrated institutions under a plan unveiled Wednesday by the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The plan is aimed at bolstering student success, expanding academic programming, exploring potential growth areas and ensuring high-quality, postsecondary education remains viable in critical parts of the Commonwealth.
“Today’s vote is the most significant reimagining of public higher education since the System was formed in 1982,” Board chairwoman Cindy Shapira said.
The plan calls for the creation of a accredited, degree-granting university with partner campuses. While the integrated university will be established with a single leadership team, a single faculty cohort, a single budget and a single enrollment management, integration also supports each campus continuing to use its historic name and brand, its traditions and on-campus experiences. Because each campus will continue residential operations, each local community will continue to benefit from the positive economic impact of the institution.