Five Options for Long-Term Sustainability and Viability of Pennsylvania's State System Universities
Apr 25, 2018
The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, sponsored a RAND Corporation study to identify options that would improve the long-term sustainability and viability of the universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in the coming years. This report outlines the five alternatives that RAND researchers developed.
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The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, sponsored a RAND Corporation study to identify options that would improve the long-term sustainability and viability of the universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (State System) in the coming years. The State System was established in 1982 and is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today, the State System faces considerable challenges that threaten the sustainability of its operations and the provision of accessible, affordable, and relevant educational programs to students. RAND researchers developed five alternatives to address sustainability: These options range from keeping the broad State System structure with a few improvements to merging the State System universities into one or more of the state-related universities as branch campuses.
Challenges Arising from External Factors
Challenges Arising from the System
Consequences of Internal and External Challenges for State System Universities and Students
Options to Address Challenges
Conclusion and Recommendations
Detailed Tables and Graphs
Response of the State System's Interim Chancellor
The research described in this report was funded by the Pennsylvania General Assembly's Legislative Finance and Budget Committee and conducted by RAND Education.
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