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New PASSHE chancellor: 'Critical realignment' will continue


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A critical academic realignment process that has been taking place for the past five years will continue, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's new chancellor said in public comments yesterday.

So far, the 14 universities in PASSHE, which include Millersville University in Lancaster County and Shippensburg University in Cumberland County, have added 56 new academic programs, placed 158 low-enrolled programs in moratorium, discontinued 40 programs in which no students were enrolled and reorganized 90 programs.

“It is my intention to ensure we remain focused on academic alignment and retool how we are organized around major needs to pay for the enterprise,” said Chancellor Frank T. Brogan, who assumed the job Oct. 1. “In some cases, this has meant and will mean a different complement of faculty.

“Equally important to me is the need to operate as a system of universities,” Brogan said. “That means we need to collaborate on academic offerings; we need to be flexible and creative in how, when and where we offer our programs; and we need to do a better job of reaching out to nontraditional students, returning adults and our veterans.

“Each of the PASSHE universities has unique strengths that must not only be preserved, but also enhanced,” Brogan continued. “Each is striving to find the right balance between existing and new programs, and finding sufficient resources to support growth areas. Equally important, our universities need to stop offering programs with low or no demand.”

According to PASSHE, the new programs are in areas such as software engineering, applied science, safety management and a variety of allied health fields, and these and existing programs in science, technology, mathematics, business and finance are enrolling more students now than PASSHE’s historical strengths in education and other public service programs.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.



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