Integration

Integration

The Board of Governors unanimously voted to approve and move forward with the Northeast and West Integration plans. The Board’s decision is a vote of confidence in the 1,000+ people who have worked tirelessly to develop the first phase of the plan and allows us to move forward with the implementation phase.

We remain steadfastly focused on our students and their success and are committed to expanding affordable, high-quality educational opportunities for our students, while maintaining vibrant campuses within our respective communities. To our students: your current academic options will remain, with exciting opportunities on the horizon and additional pathways to support your timely graduation. The campus experience you have chosen will remain, complete with local programs and services to support your interests and needs.

We will continue to keep you informed of next steps and important milestones, and I look forward to hosting Town Hall meetings early in the fall semester. I thank all of you who have been so generous with your time and expertise throughout this entire process. I appreciate your ongoing commitment to our students and Bloomsburg University.

     Sincerely,
          Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D.
          President of Bloomsburg University

 

Integration Insights - September Newsletter

We appreciate the opportunity to share with you new information relating to the Northeast Integration. Our Functional and Senior Implementation teams have been hard at work through the summer to operationalize the plans that were submitted in July. 

In this edition, find information on some of the developing examples of new academic opportunities that will become available through integration, an NCAA update, and more.

Integration Insights

Top Things You Should Know About Integration

Our identities honor the legacy and traditions that bring all generations of Huskies, Mounties, and Bald Eagles together.

  • Each institution’s name, logo, mascot, and identity will be preserved.
  • As we continue our process of determining the Northeast integrated university's name for Middle States and other accreditation purposes, we will be conducting more research this fall, and then we will determine our next steps. As we have stated previously, our names, colors, mascots, and other brand elements will not change. We want to ensure that we strategically align our resources in the Northeast to maintain the strength of our brands and in ways that champion our students and their success. 
  • The NCAA is aware of the unanimous vote by the PA State System Board of Governors to proceed with the integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield. The NCAA has indicated that it will act following a Middle States decision, expected in Spring 2022. Given state and federal alignment required for athletics, this is not a surprise. We are continuing along the path we laid out from the beginning - that we will retain athletics on the three campuses that currently host them.

Upholding and advancing our missions well into the future.

  • By leveraging the power of three, students will have increased access to exemplary academic programs and pathways to social mobility.
  • More pathways to move easily from high school dual enrollment through associate’s to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.

 

Access a greater range of programs and faculty expertise than any single university can offer.

  • Students will be able to select from an expanded array of academic programs. This will nearly double the program options for Lock Haven and Mansfield students. This means more choices and greater momentum toward graduation.
  • A typical student will take most in-person courses at their home campus and potentially some through real-time remote learning.
  • General education courses will be offered at each campus and online.

In addition to expanded academic program offerings at each campus, below are some of the developing examples of new academic opportunities that will become available through integration.

  • Artist or Musician in Residence opportunities, aligned with faculty expertise, to explore new techniques and develop new skills in state-of-the-art studio settings.
  • Business – Plans exist to expand professional development, Business Idea Competition, and more through the AACSB-accredited business program at BU.
  • Criminal Justice – Opportunity for to enroll into the Police Academy pathway for Criminal Justice majors (spend 6-months in the PA Municipal Police Academy as part of your degree program) or add an EMT-national certification at Mansfield.
  • Education – Broader opportunities for student-teaching (including residential housing opportunities) are forthcoming, including plans to closely align with districts and employment opportunities they can offer to our graduating seniors.
  • Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Science field camp opportunities will expand, offering opportunities to explore differences offered through our respective locations. A new soils minor may be offered through BU/LHU soils expertise/partnership.
  • Nursing/Physician Assistant Programs – There are plans to offer expanded clinical settings or clinical rotation opportunities.
  • Pharm.D. Program – Expand on new BU partnerships with Temple and Farleigh Dickinson universities and their respective Schools of Pharmacy – these partner institutions are excited to expand their reach into Central PA through LHU/MU. Signing ceremonies will occur in September 2021.
  • Scientist in Residence opportunities that align with faculty expertise and research opportunities. For example, collaborative tree swallow nesting research through BU/MU faculty connections is already taking place.

 

Responding to the diverse needs of 21st century learners with relevant academic programs, proven modalities, and flexibility that supports a diverse learning community.

  • A program array that will prepare students for careers of the future while maintaining efficient time to graduation.
  • On all three campuses, students can enjoy on-campus housing, student clubs and organizations, athletics and a vibrant campus life.
  • Students can design a university experience that works for them with dedicated support services on each campus.

 

Equipping students with the skills and connections for an even greater degree of upward mobility.

  • A wider variety of career and professional resources and experiential learning opportunities - including internships.
  • A more expansive alumni network to provide guidance and support and an employer network ready to recruit our graduates.

 

Expanding high-quality experiential options while also reducing the total cost of attendance.

  • A financially-responsible degree creates a faster route to career launch and upward mobility.
  • Benefit from all the opportunities of a larger university – with the same personalized, small-campus experience traditionally offered at Lock Haven and Mansfield.

 

Honoring our history and our legacy to connect fellow Huskies and provide support for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Foundations and alumni associations will remain independent at each of the three institutions, connecting classmates with their beloved alma mater.
  • Donors will continue to be able to designate funds in support of students to their campus of choice.

 

Evolving so that each campus can continue serving the needs of its home community.

  • By expanding dual enrollment will be part of a broad portfolio of programs to engage with our institutions. This includes opportunities to earn an associate's degree, especially in some pre-health care tracks of interest. In-person and hybrid modalities will be kept in mind for flexible offerings. 
  • By ensuring a thriving and vibrant campus-life experience.
  • By deepening our Town Gown relationships and expanding our partnerships to provide more internships and mentoring programs, volunteerism/service, lively arts and cultural opportunities, and more that benefit the communities we call home.

 

Stimulating new growth opportunities for businesses and community partners.

  • We’re building toward a stronger region, strengthening and elevating the quality of life for local and regional communities.
  • We remain committed to an environment where students live, work, and engage as members of the Bloomsburg community.

 

Cultivating and nurturing employer relationships to stay attuned to workforce demands.

  • We are committed to working with regional and statewide employers to build short-course and credentialing programs for working professionals, as well as traditional students who are looking pick up specific certifications and credentials as they progress through their education.

 

To succeed individually, we must succeed in common.

  • 500+ students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community leaders are participating in the Northeast Integration planning.
  • At its July 14, 2021 summer meeting, the Board of Governors voted to move forward with integration.

 

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