Clarion University’s integration process moves toward next step

From staff reports

The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education affirmed Wednesday the system’s efforts to continue planning for the integration of six of its universities, including Clarion with California and Edinboro.

The board unanimously affirmed the process and next step after Chancellor Dan Greenstein presented findings from an initial financial review of the proposed integrations.

The other integration involves Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities.

Each integration would operate as a single accredited entity with a single leadership, faculty, enrollment management strategy and budget while honoring local identity, according to a state system news release.

“The data and the analysis are showing clearly that the path forward on integrations will mean greater student opportunity in regions critical to Pennsylvania’s economy,” Greenstein said.

The next step in the integrations process is development of an implementation plan, which could be presented to the board as early as April, the release said.

The process includes a 60-day public comment period and periodic updates to members of the General Assembly.

The earliest an integrated university could begin accepting students would be August 2022.

The board also approved a resolution that authorized the chancellor to seek $487 million in state appropriations for 2021-22, a 2% increase over the current year, the release said.

The system will also seek $25 million for system redesign efforts as part of a multiyear request approved by the board last year, the release said.