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.
- 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.