PASSHE redesign: Slippery Rock-Edinboro integration no longer part of state system plan

Redesign plans modified to create an affiliation between Edinboro, California and Clarion

Published by Hannah Shumsky and Nina Cipriani, Date: September 14, 2020
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Clarion University, California University and Edinboro University all announced a new affiliation as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) redesign, which was originally announced over the summer.

When the initial plans for the redesign were announced on July 16, one of the original integrations was Slippery Rock and Edinboro. The two universities would have combined two educational programs into one, allowing for more academic opportunities and decreasing costs, according to the PASSHE press release.

William Behre, president of Slippery Rock University, originally announced that PASSHE was pivoting away from the Slippery Rock-Edinboro affiliation in an email to SRU stakeholders on Friday, Sept. 11.

“Finally, while a potential affiliation with Edinboro has dominated much of our recent conversation, the System will be pivoting away from this model,” Behre said in his email, which will serve as his remarks for the upcoming State of the University address. “As such, SRU will not be affiliating with another university at this time. We will continue to offer help to the System in other ways.”

Behre will address the PASSHE redesign further at the virtual State of the University address on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Under the PASSHE system redesign plan, Clarion, California and Edinboro universities will affiliate and build their institutional strengths to expand high-quality educational opportunities for students, position themselves for growth and create greater efficiencies, according to the three universities’ press releases on Monday.

According to system officials, early results of the original integrations suggested that a three-school affiliation could hold greater promise while continuing the local identity and traditional face-to-face programming of each institution.

California University and Clarion University is another integration included in the initial PASSHE redesign plans. The two schools would have introduced a low-cost, high quality online undergraduate degree and degree-completion program for students.

The three universities have previously collaborated on a number of academic programs. They say that they are excited about the possibilities presented by this partnership and what they are able to achieve together.

“This combination will be a good fit for all three universities, given their histories of serving students with diverse economic backgrounds and offering them transformative experiences that lead them to places they may never have imagined,” said Edinboro University President Guiyou Huang in the schools’ press releases.

Hannah is a senior secondary English education major and communication minor entering her third year on The Rocket staff and her second year as editor-in-chief. Previously, she served as assistant news editor and covered Student Government Association affairs. After graduation, she hopes to teach English, communications and journalism to high school students. Hannah has won numerous awards for her writing and design work with The Rocket and was named SRU's Student Leader of the Year in 2020. Outside of The Rocket, Hannah is also part of WSRU-TV, Sigma Tau Delta and the Honors College.

Nina is a sophomore majoring in communication: converged journalism. She has aspired to become a journalist for the New York Times for as long as she can remember. During high school, she was on her school's newspaper staff freshman to senior year. She was also the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper during her senior year. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and watching YouTube and Netflix. She is elated to be The Rocket's news editor, and she can't wait to see what SRU and The Rocket have in store for her.

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