Contingent upon approval of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (our institutional accreditor) – “Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania” would become the accredited, degree-granting university that results from the integration of hitherto separately accredited universities: Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield. Leveraging the continued distinctive identities of the three partner institutions that contribute to it, Commonwealth University will offer a range of benefits to its students and communities, notably in the number of programs, separate complement of athletic teams, as well as co-curricular and career preparation opportunities that will be available.
Additionally — as the accredited entity, as with all institutionally accredited universities, Commonwealth University will:
- Confer degrees upon students at all campuses
- Employ faculty and staff at all campus locations
- Develop a single academic curriculum, assess student learning, and evaluate and improve effectiveness
- Be the official repository of all student records
- Hold institutional accreditation and all special program accreditations
- Recruit and enroll students at all campuses through a single admissions process on behalf of its partner campuses
- Package student financial aid through a single OPEID number, while maintaining three unique federal school identification numbers, allowing students to select a home campus of their choosing.
Centered on student success, our shared vision is to expand high-quality educational opportunities for students, position institutions for growth, and meet regional economic and workforce needs across Pennsylvania. At a time when universities across the country, including our own, are financially challenged, integration would creatively ensure that its institutions are open, vibrant, and equipped to support our students toward building a successful future.
Yes. The name Bloomsburg will remain. Our logo, beloved Husky mascot, and traditions will remain.
The State System's mission is to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education across the Commonwealth, and this approach is designed to bolster that mission.
Our athletics programs are a vital aspect of campus and student life, contributing to much of what we love most about our universities. As announced on April 20, 2022, the NCAA has approved our plan to retain a full complement of athletic programs as they currently exist at each of our institutions.
For current student-athletes – we are operating as we would in any other year.
For those currently being recruited, we are retaining our existing sports teams on each campus.
Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield are charter members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and compete primarily at the NCAA Division II level.
- Bloomsburg sponsors 23 varsity athletic programs including an NCAA Division I men's wrestling program that competes in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
- Lock Haven sponsors 21 varsity athletic programs including Division I men's wrestling and field hockey. The men's wrestling program is an affiliate member of the MAC and the field hockey team competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10).
- Mansfield sponsors 13 varsity athletic programs including sprint football, which is a member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL).
To succeed individually, we must succeed in common. 500+ students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community leaders have been participating in the Northeast Integration planning since September 2020.
University integrations were unanimously approved by the Board of Governors on July 14, 2021. This effort has been designed to increase opportunities for students while ensuring our institutions are here to serve for decades to come.
- Begin implementation (July 2021 - August 2022)
- Submit the implementation plan(s) for final approval by the Board; unanimously approved on July 14, 2021
- Share the implementation plan(s) with the public, holding public hearings and taking public comments on the plan (May - June 2021)
- Develop the implementation plan(s) for any integration(s) identified by the Board to move forward (October 2020 - April 2021)
- Conduct a financial review of financial impacts of potential integrations (July - October 2020)
The integration plans are available on the State System Integrations webpage.
The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of over a year to implement the integration plans. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential employment impacts of the multi-university integration, but the State System remains committed to an open, transparent, and consultative process from start to finish.
At its summer meeting, the Board of Governors unanimously voted to move the integration forward. Following a year of implementation planning to operationalize the integration strategies, the integrated entity will come together beginning in July of 2022.