Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

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Classes have resumed for more than 100,000 students who attend Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities.

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The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its faculty union have agreed to a media blackout while they try to negotiate a contract before Wednesday's strike deadline.

The state system and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties jointly announced the blackout on Saturday.

Both sides say they're hopeful that minimizing distractions will help them reach a new deal.

The union says about 5,500 faculty and coaches at 14 state-owned universities will strike Wednesday at 5 a.m. if they don't reach a deal.


Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities are scheduled to vote on whether to authorize a strike next month.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced Thursday that faculty will vote on the campuses from Sept. 7-9 and members of the coaches belonging to the union will vote a week later.

Union president Kenneth Mash says its members don't feel the state system has negotiated fairly.

The State System of Higher Education says it wants to reach a fair contract but noted the system's financial strains.

Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities must do more to comply with federal laws meant to ensure campus safety, according to a new report from the state auditor general.

The audit finds uneven adherence to Title IX, which bans sex-based discrimination among the 14 universities that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Chancellor Frank Brogan said inconsistent policies the federal law could lead to poor enforcement or even a willingness to skimp on oversight.

With college costs rising faster than inflation for the last decade, Pennsylvania lawmakers have unveiled a 13-bill package that would make higher education more affordable, especially for students from lower-income families.

Legislation that would allow universities to separate from Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has been introduced in the state Senate, and that might cause an increase in tuition for some students. 

If SB 1275 is signed into law, any of the 14 state-owned universities that have enrollment over 7,000 students and the adequate finances would be eligible to secede

According to PASSHE spokesperson Kenn Marshall, allowing universities to leave the State System could be detrimental to students.

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Clarion University, is planning some cuts in staff and programs to address a deficit and declining enrollment.

University spokesperson David Love said “the comprehensive workforce plan” would trim up to 40 jobs, including 22 faculty, with more than a dozen other positions remaining unfilled or eliminated through retirement and attrition.  But no faculty members will be furloughed during this academic year.

Students at state-owned universities will see another tuition hike for the upcoming academic year.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) approved a 3 percent tuition increase Tuesday for all of its 14 academic universities.

The rise is expected to generate an additional $27 million in revenue.

A task force's review of weapons policies at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities could last through the beginning of the fall semester.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is re-examining gun policies after state lawyers raised concerns that campus-wide bans of firearms possession could be vulnerable to state and federal constitutional challenges.

Kenn Marshall, a state system spokesman, says schools have been advised to create site-specific bans in the meantime.