The state of Pennsylvania is considering a merger of six state universities into two regional schools after low enrollment and a lack of funding. This, my friends, is a good thing.
With a boost in state funds, the leadership at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education will decide this month how best to address system struggles — including a final vote on consolidating six universities into two, regional campuses.
Faced with sagging enrollment and stagnant funding, the State System has pushed for a redesign since 2016.
The state considered this five years ago, and they still haven’t made a decision? That is truly peak Pennsylvania.
The most recent plan, which has faced backlash from students, alumni, and school faculty, proposes merging Lock Haven, Mansfield, and Bloomsburg universities into one campus, and Clarion University, Edinboro University, and California University of Pennsylvania into another.
According to State System data, enrollment at its 14 schools has declined more than 20 percent since 2010; meanwhile, tuition rates have increased.
Gee, I wonder why that is? Is it because even state colleges are too expensive? Is it because state schools – especially in Pennsylvania – are leftist indoctrination camps? Is it because many degrees are useless in the current job market?
After the Chinese Wuhan Virus hit, the universities shuttered their doors, kicked out their students, and forced them to do Zoom classes. The students hated it. I think those decisions pulled the mask off these institutions, and initiated the beginning of the end for the nation’s universities.