State System of Higher Ed Will Undergo Examination

State System of Higher Ed Will Undergo Examination

Two years ago, the Institute wrote a Policy Brief that analyzed the financial and enrollment trends of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and noted with declining enrollment, a sluggish economy, and legacy costs “…PASSHE will need to take a hard look at the system as a whole and the individual schools to determine the best course of action regarding how to allocate scarce resources to best serve Pennsylvania students and taxpayers.”

Having just come through its first strike the head of PASSHE noted in a speech delivered this week that “Every bit of this system — as great as it’s been over the years — has to be examined…From how we operate the office of the chancellor to how we’re organized as a system … no preconceptions and no limits.”  That possibly could include merging or closing institutions.