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New report suggests mergers of universities of the state system, which the interim chancellor describes as "cowards" | Local News

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</article></p></div><h3> <strong> Redesign of the system </strong></h3><p> PSSHE officials last year carried out a system review that was crowned by a report from the National Center for Systems of Higher Education Management that evaluated the almost 35 age-years of viability of the system.</p><p> Of nine NCHEMS recommendations, none included the consolidation, closure or elimination of any state system university.</p><p> Since then, the Board of Governors has initiated a redesign of the system and creation of working groups charged with cutting obsolete policies that its members say hinder student success.</p><h4> Kenneth Mash</h4><blockquote><p> 'Pennsylvania will need a highly educated citizenship, and the opportunities for closure go in the opposite direction. "</p></blockquote>
</aside><p> Changes made internally, especially consolidation, will not solve all the problems of the system, according to Kenneth Mash, president of the Association or f Pennsylvania State College and University Colleges.</p><p> Commenting on the RAND report, Mash said in <a
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Advocating for more funds

Mash said that the RAND report should have suggested more funds so that the state system can "really comply with (its) mandatory legislative mission to provide high quality education and affordable for Pennsylvania residents of the working class "

Govt. Tom Wolf's budget proposal for 2018-19 in February included $ 468.1 million for the state system. That's $ 15 million, or 3.3 percent, more than this year, but still about $ 9 million less than the 2008-09 allocation, when funding for education began to plummet due to the recession.

Reference enrollment throughout the state system, in turn, has increased by almost 40 percent, from $ 5,358 in 2008-9 to $ 7,492 in 2017-18.

Enrollment during that period has decreased by 9.1 percent, from 112,597 to 102,301 students. Only West Chester University has increased enrollment, while Slippery Rock, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg and Millersville have experienced only minimal declines.

The president of Millersville, John Anderson, said in a statement that the RAND report opens "many questions" about the state of the future of the system.

"At the University of Millersville," Anderson said, "we are committed to what really matters to students and their families: affordability and access to high quality education with relevant academic programs."

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