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Pervasive racism, harassment plagues state-owned universities despite changes

A new report, launched after a 2020 Spotlight PA investigation, finds students of color face racial harassment and stereotypes in the classrooms of Pennsylvania’s public universities.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania colleges want more funding to increase enrollment

Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned colleges and universities have lost a quarter of their students in the last decade, and this year the system recorded its steepest single-year loss

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Six state schools moving to integrate into two new universities

The plan to merge six of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities was unanimously approved in July by the State System of Higher Education’s governing board.

By Merideth Bucher/WITF and Staff

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Faculty rebuke chancellor’s comments suggesting state system could be dissolved

Some 94,000 students – including those at Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Millersville and Shippensburg — would be affected if the system were dissolved. Enrollment has dropped by 22% in the last ten years.

By Julia Agos/WITF

Several state-owned universities plan for in-person activities in the fall

Of the 14 schools in the of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Clarion, California, Edinboro, West Chester, East Stroudsburg and Kutztown are slated to bring back more in-person learning and activities.

By Julia Agos/WITF

State System of Higher Education suspends in-person instruction

The SSHE includes Bloomsburg, Millersville, Kutztown and Shippensburg universities in central Pa.
By Craig Rhodes/WITF