Today’s Board of Governors vote to approve the Northeast and Western integrations is a vote of confidence in the 1,000-plus people who developed the first phase of the plan and who are poised to usher it into the implementation phase.
Centered always on student success, our shared vision is to expand affordable, high-quality educational opportunities for our students, to grow as we serve new student populations, and to meet economic and workforce needs across the commonwealth. This vote in support of integration will ensure that our campuses remain open, vibrant, and focused on student success long into the future.
Continuing our collaborative and comprehensive approach to implementation will allow us to build a more nimble, sustainable and student-centered university. At California, Clarion and Edinboro, we remain committed to our students, our faculty and staff, our alumni and our communities. Together we will build a strong, secure future for public higher education in Pennsylvania.
To you – our loyal alumni, donors and friends of Clarion University – I want to take this opportunity to assure you that each institution's foundations and alumni associations will remain independent, connecting classmates with their beloved alma mater. This is a continued affirmation that we will maintain our identity as Golden Eagles. Your continued support and commitment will help us move forward and become stronger as we approach this new chapter in the life of our beloved institution. As always, you will be able to designate funds in support of students and programs that mean the most to you.
What today's vote means:
- We are charged to move forward with the implementation process. Not everything will be accomplished at once, but we will move forward toward our goals, making thoughtful adjustments as needed.
- We are working toward becoming a single university, but not every detail of our organization will be ready immediately. Faculty have provided feedback on the structure of colleges and academic departments; staff can expect a similar opportunity to review the divisional structure, likely by early August.
- We are shaping a robust academic program array that reflects our current enrollment and looks ahead to future needs of our students, employers and the communities we serve. A phased approach to this critical task will allow for increased faculty engagement in curriculum synthesis, provide more time to address program accreditations, and reassure students regarding their path to graduation.
- We are taking bold steps to shape a financially sustainable future for our campuses. At the same time, we will continue to advocate for increased state investment in our students, our campuses, our new university and the State System.
Today's vote is a bold move. It will take energy, talent and commitment to make the Western Integration a success. I am counting on each of you to help build a brighter future for our students, our campuses and the university we are working to become.
As always, your comments and questions are welcome. Please submit them using the feedback form at www.passhe.edu/publiccomment.