Consultants to release recommendations for university system

Shippensburg University

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Consultants hired to review Pennsylvania’s financially strapped state-owned university system plan to present their findings next week.

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems had been scheduled to present an interim report to the State System of Higher Education on July 12, but officials say the consultants will share their actual findings and recommendations.

The recommendations could include consolidating degree programs, revamping marketing and even closing some of the system’s 14 schools. Chancellor Frank Brogan has downplayed the possibility of closures, but the faculty union leader says he is “apprehensive” about the recommendations.

Pennsylvania’s system is suffering from dropping in-state high school graduations, a result of fewer school-age youth, and cuts in state aid. The system is also at a disadvantage with many campuses in relatively rural areas.

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