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. 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 academics page.
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.
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.
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.
Athletics remain an important part of our campus culture, and we are pursuing a path with the NCAA where each campus will retain its current complement of athletic teams. While we don’t know all the answers about what the future athletics programs will look like, we remain committed to our goal of maintaining complementary teams at each university. Bloomsburg University will continue to field the full complement of varsity athletics programs on campus as this process continues.
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. Following the April Board of Governor’s Meeting, there will be a 60-day public comment period.
At its summer meeting, the Board will vote regarding the integration moving forward. The process for integrating State System universities is defined by law in Act 50. It is transparent, consultative, analytical, and intended to seek solutions, not implement solutions that have been predetermined. The process is conducted in partnership with the General Assembly through quarterly check-ins with House and Senate Education and Appropriations Committees.
The goals and priority considerations for integration 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 from review to final proposal. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential employment impacts of any potential 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 will vote regarding the integration moving forward. Following a year of implementation planning to operationalize the integration strategies, the integrated entity would come together beginning in July of 2022.
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.
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.