With a promise that none of the campuses will be closed, the board that governs Pennsylvania’s state university system gave unanimous final approval Wednesday to merge six of its 14 schools into two.
The plan, which drew hundreds of negative comments online and at public hearings over the last couple of months, will begin to take effect for the 2022-23 academic year. It’s the biggest change in the state system’s 38-year history, one that system officials say will grow enrollment, save millions, and improve operating margins within three to five years.
“We need to have the courage to act, and we need to act now,” said Janet Yeomans, a board member from Philadelphia.
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