Leader of Pa. state universities delivers blunt message: Reorganize or ‘dissolve the system’

The leader of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has been pushing to reorganize the state-owned universities, but he made jaws drop when he described what the alternative would be.

“I will be recommending to the board that we come back to the Senate next year with a legislative package to dissolve the system,” said State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein.

Greenstein delivered the startling statement during a budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee. He said he was trying to demonstrate the urgent need to revamp the system, which includes 14 universities serving 93,700 students. The state system is facing financial challenges and declining enrollment and Greenstein said he wanted lawmakers to understand the gravity of the situation.

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