Integration FAQs

Please find many answers to frequently asked questions below that have been personalized to our students, faculty, and staff at Bloomsburg.

There are also Integrations FAQs on the PASSHE website that address general, process, and student-oriented questions.

General

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. We continue working with the NCAA per our plan to retain a full complement of athletics as they currently exist at each of our institutions.

We have been in regular contact with the NCAA, providing the requested information. 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. 

For current student-athletes – we are operating as we would in any other year.

For those currently being recruited, this path would provide the ability to retain our existing sports teams on each campus.
     
Communication and transparency are central to the success of System Redesign and the university integration work currently underway. We will continue to provide updates as more details emerge.

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.  

The Process

  • 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.

Academics

Yes. Access a greater range of programs and faculty expertise than any single university can offer. Select from an expanded array of academic programs, offering nearly double the program options for Lock Haven and Mansfield students. A typical student will take most in-person courses at their home campus and potentially some through real-time remote learning.

There is no plan to move any face-to-face programs currently offered at BU to another campus, and general education courses will continue to be offered at each campus. That's a prime reason why the State System is exploring an integrations approach that keeps all institutions open, focuses on student success, maintains efficient time to degree completion, and delivers on cost efficiencies. All which directly impact the total price a student pays. Any eventual plan would be designed to ensure our universities continue offering students the programs they want and our region need.

Yes. In fact, it has never been a better time to be a student at BU. You will be able to finish your program of study and earn your degree at BU. You will also have access to many new opportunities, experiences, and degree programs that will arise from university integrations.

Yes. BU will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs as we do now at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels. As envisioned, university integration will allow BU students access to an expanded array of courses, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials that can help students maintain efficient time to graduation. For a full list of current degree programs, visit our areas of study page.

Areas of Study

University administrators, integrations leaders and faculty will work together to develop curriculum and implement it over the course of three years. This is one of the most important aspects of the integration work, and every effort will be made to ensure we produce the best possible product for our students and communities.

ACADEMIC UPDATES - September 2021

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 alignment with Police Academy (spend 6-months in academy as part of your degree program) or add EMT-certification (6-weeks) 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 Sciences 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 were held 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. 

No. You can expect a traditional, residential campus experience at BU with courses delivered on-campus and with the close personal interaction with your professors that BU is known for. There is no plan to move any face-to-face programs currently offered at BU to another campus, and general education courses will continue to be offered at each campus. You will continue to have the choice to take courses of interest online if they're available in that modality. Some students choose this method to allow more flexibility in their scheduling.

Integration will create many new opportunities to access courses, majors, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials. Some courses and programs may be conducted remotely and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses. This is a model that BU has undertaken with great success with our BASTL and MBA programs.

As envisioned, university integrations would allow for courses and programs to be conducted in-person, remotely, and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses.

Online or distance learning can take several forms.

  • Synchronous delivery uses tools such as Zoom or other web conferencing tools to let students participate in a class in real time from a remote location. For example, a student at one campus might use Zoom to join a class taught by a professor on another campus. This delivery mode is sometimes called “remote learning.”
  • Asynchronous delivery allows students to complete coursework on their own schedule, from any location. In addition to completing required readings and other assignments, students in courses delivered asynchronously may utilize instructional videos, discussion boards and other tools to engage with the professor and classmates. This delivery mode is sometimes called “fully online.”

Hybrid programs typically require students to take a mix of in-person and online/remote learning courses as they progress toward their degree.

In-person programs, which can be completed entirely on campus, may include some remote or fully online course options to provide more flexibility for students as they plan their schedule. Currently, a majority of students taking in-person programs choose to take at least one online course per semester. What percentage of courses should I expect to take online if my major is not located at my home campus? Although this may vary by major or campus, we expect at least 75% of your courses will be delivered in person, on your home campus. The majority of students currently take at least one online course per semester, so this is consistent with what most students are experiencing now.