University Integrations

 

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WHY INTEGRATION: 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.


The Northeast Integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities is a bold investment in the future for our students and the communities and people of Northeastern Pennsylvania that allows each campus to continue sustainably fulfilling the missions of these pillar institutions.

  • PRESERVING YESTERDAY: Preserving the founding principles of each campus and the communities we serve.
  • ADAPTING TO TODAY: Answering the greatest challenges facing higher education: cost, quality, opportunity, and relevance.
  • BUILDING A STRONGER TOMORROW: Changing the trajectory of public higher education in the Commonwealth.
 
Top 10 Things You Should Know About Integration

1. IDENTITY – Honoring the legacy and traditions that bring all generations together.

  • Each institution’s name, logo, mascot and identity will remain. The Lock Haven name will not change.
    • The integrated entity name to be used only for accreditation documentation.
  • 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.

2. MISSION – 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.

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

  • Select from an expanded “menu” 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.
  • General education courses will be offered at each campus.

4. STUDENT NEEDS – 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.

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

  • Broader experiential learning opportunities extend to internships, career services, and an even larger pool of employers ready to recruit our graduates.
  • Build a resume and graduate career-ready.

6. ALUMNI – Honoring our history and our legacy to connect fellow Bald Eagles and provide support for today’s current students and tomorrow’s future leaders.

  • Maintaining independent foundations and alumni associations to connect classmates with their beloved alma mater.
  • Donors will continue to be able to designate funds in support of students to their university of choice.

7. OPPORTUNITY – Expanding high-quality experiential options while also reducing the total cost of degree attainment.

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

8. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – 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.

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

  • From offering dual-enrollment opportunities for high school students to ensuring a vibrant campus life experience.
  • We look forward to 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.

10. ECONOMIC GROWTH – 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, Lock Haven, and Mansfield communities.
Timeline

PASSHE Board of Governors’ Approved Timeline

July 2020 – October 2020
Conduct a review of the financial stability of System universities assuming the continuation of present operations and potential university integrations

October 2020 - April 2021
Develop an integration plan or plans for candidate integrations identified by the review

April 2021 – July 2021
Submit integration plan or plans for public comment (April 2021) and submit integration plan for final approval by the Board (July 2021)

July 2021 – August 2022
Implement university integrations

Timeline Actions To-date

July 2020

  • Board of Governors directs the Chancellor to pursue university integrations
  • Lock Haven University and Mansfield University to explore university integrations
  • Financial stability review begins.

August 2020

  • University financial review teams are composed. For Lock Haven University: President, Provost, Chief Financial Officer, APSCUF Representative, and Executive Director of Strategic Communications.
  • University financial review teams conduct ongoing assessments of a combined academic array, business practices and organizational structures

September 2020

  • University integrations addressed at the President's annual State of the University address
  • Bloomsburg University added to the integration exploration with Lock Haven University and Mansfield University.
  • University financial review teams continue assessments of a combined academic array, business practices and organizational structures

October 2020

  • University financial review teams for Northeastern universities continue assessments of a combined academic array, business practices and organizational structures
  • The Board of Governors affirms the ongoing institutional integrations process and authorizes the Chancellor to proceed with the development of appropriate integration plans for review by the Board in 2021.
  • Community Town Hall hosted for local leaders to address integration goals, timeline, planning process, and answer questions.
  • Employee and Student Town Halls held virtually to address integration goals, timeline, planning process, and answer questions.  
NewsCommunications

Campus Message: July 16, 2020
Campus Message: July 22, 2020
Campus Message: September 16, 2020
Campus Message: September 29, 2020
Campus Message: October 15, 2020
Campus Message: November 11, 2020
Campus Message: March 5, 2021

Integration Outreach to Alumni: February, 5, 2021

Integration Insights for Students: April 1, 2021
Integration Insights for Students: April 8, 2021

FAQs

LHU will continue to add additional FAQs about university integration as questions arise. You may submit questions for inclusion by emailing strategiccommunications@lockhaven.edu.

You may also view the State System’s FAQs for more general information about university integrations.

Download The PASSHE Integration FAQs

+Why is LHU being integrated with Mansfield and Bloomsburg?

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. At a time when universities across the country are financially challenged, it’s incumbent upon the State System to creatively ensure that its institutions are open, vibrant, and centered on student success. The goals of an integrations approach are to maintain or expand high-quality educational opportunities for students across the state, position institutions for growth, and meet regional economic and workforce needs.

+I’m a current student. Will I be able to finish my degree at LHU?

Yes. That’s a prime reason why the State System is exploring an integrations approach that keeps all institutions open, focuses on student success, and uncovers cost efficiencies, 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 their regions need. Integrations provide the State System with its best opportunity to balance its responsibility to provide a quality education at an affordable price for students.

I’m a prospective student, will I be able to start and finish the degree I’m interested in at LHU?

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

+Will LHU continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs?

AYes. LHU will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs as normal. As envisioned, university integration will allow LHU students greater access to courses, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials. For a full list of current degree programs, visit our academics page.

+Will all of my classes be online due to integration?

No. You can expect a traditional, residential campus experience at LHU with courses delivered on campus and with the close personal interaction with your professors that LHU is known for. 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 LHU has undertaken with great success in the Physician Assistant and other programs.

+Will students have to switch between campuses?

No. As envisioned, university integrations would allow for courses and programs to be conducted in-person, remotely, and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses.

+Will we still be called Lock Haven?

The outcome of university integration is purposeful in its intent to retain the Lock Haven's historical identity, brand, campus experiences, and value proposition.

+Will the cost of attendance change?

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.

+What will happen to LHU’s athletic programs?

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 and more time required for implementation. Lock Haven University will continue to field the full complement of varsity athletics programs on campus as this process continues.

+What is the process for integration?

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.

+When will a plan be available?

As an implementation plan is developed between now and April, Lock Haven University and the State System will engage with stakeholders throughout the process to keep them informed and to help inform our decisions. The review and plan development process will be broadly consultative and transparent. This is the beginning of a lengthy process and there is no predetermined plan or outcome. Our charge is to work together with our sister institutions to develop a plan that follows the state system’s vision for university integrations. Our top priority is to keep students at the center of this process and to maintain access and affordability while meeting local workforce needs, leveraging our combined strengths, and improving our financial condition.

+Will there be administrative, faculty, and/or staff reductions as a result of integrations?

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.

+How soon could the proposed integration become reality?

Any proposed integration would be required to follow an extensive consultation, and reporting process. This includes a year of review, including public reports to the Legislature.

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