6 Pennsylvania state universities will merge

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It's official now.

Six of Pennsylvania's state universities will soon merge into two.

The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education voted to approve the merger plan Wednesday afternoon.

In our area, Cal U, Edinboro and Clarion will merge into one school.

In the eastern part of the state, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield will merge into another.

“Today’s vote represents the most profound reimagining of public higher education in the Commonwealth since the State System began in 1983,” said Cindy Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors, in a release. “This effort has proven we can fulfill what we set out to do— ensuring student and institutional success while providing the highest quality education at the lowest possible price.”

“These universities have been part of the cultural and economic fabric of their communities for well over a century and they will continue to be so for years to come. Additionally, the degrees they offer to new graduates, as well as those held by alumni will maintain the highest value,” said Chancellor Dan Greenstein. “We set out on this journey determined to do what’s right for students, their communities, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am humbled and tremendously excited by the opportunity we have today to work together, building towards that objective. I want to thank the people who dedicated their time and ideas in crafting and commenting on the plan and look forward to working with you and all our stakeholders going forward.”

According to the PASSHE website, implementation will begin this month.