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Why Integration

Centered on student success, our shared vision is to expand affordable high-quality educational opportunities for students, to position institutions for growth, and to meet regional economic and workforce needs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At a time when universities across the country, including our own, are financially challenged, integration will ensure that our institutions are open, vibrant, and centered on student success long into the future.

Exploring the Northeast Integration of Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, and Mansfield universities continues. Integration will be a bold investment in the communities and people of Northeastern Pennsylvania that will allow all three institutions to continue sustainably fulfilling their missions.

To do this, we will retain our unique traits specific to our campuses and communities, while coming together to become something bigger and stronger. We will stand stronger together, while continuing to stand out and be forever prideful as Bald Eagles, Huskies, and Mounties.
Through integration we are committed to:

  • PRESERVING YESTERDAY: We will preserve the founding principles of each campus and the communities we serve.
  • ADAPTING TO TODAY: We will answer the greatest challenges facing higher education: access, cost, opportunity, quality, and relevance.
  • BUILDING A STRONGER TOMORROW: We will change the trajectory of public higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and will enhance the value of degrees from Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, and Mansfield universities.
Top 10 Things You Should Know About Integration

1. Why is Lock Haven University being integrated with Mansfield and Bloomsburg?
Centered on student success, our shared vision is to expand high-quality educational opportunities for students, position institutions for growth, and meet regional economic and workforce needs across Pennsylvania. At a time when universities across the country, including our own, are financially challenged, integration would creatively ensure that its institutions are open, vibrant, and equipped to support our students toward building a successful future.

2. I'm a current student. Will I be able to finish my degree at LHU?
Yes. You will have access to a greater range of programs and faculty expertise than any single university can offer.
Select from an expanded array of academic programs, offering nearly double the program options for Lock Haven and Mansfield students.

A typical student will take most in-person courses at their home campus and potentially some through real-time remote learning. There is no plan to move any face-to-face programs currently offered at LHU to another campus, and general education courses will continue to be offered at each campus.

That's a prime reason why the State System is exploring an integrations approach that keeps all institutions open, focuses on student success, maintains efficient time to degree completion, and delivers on cost efficiencies. All which directly impact the total price a student pays. Any eventual plan would be designed to ensure our universities continue offering students the programs they want and our region need.

3. I'm a prospective student, will I be able to start and finish the degree I'm interested in at LHU?
Yes. In fact, it has never been a better time to be a student at LHU. You will be able to finish your program of study and earn your degree at LHU. You will also have access to many new opportunities, experiences, and degree programs that will arise from university integrations.

4. Will LHU continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs?
Yes. LHU will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs as we do now at bachelor’s and master’s levels. As envisioned, university integration will allow LHU students access to an expanded array of courses, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials that can help students maintain efficient time to graduation.

For a full list of current degree programs, visit our academics page.

5. Will all of my classes be online due to integration?
No. You can expect a traditional, residential campus experience at LHU with courses delivered on-campus and with the close personal interaction with your professors that LHU is known for. There is no plan to move any face-to-face programs currently offered at LHU to another campus, and general education courses will continue to be offered at each campus.

Integration will create many new opportunities to access courses, majors, minors, degrees, and stackable credentials. Some courses and programs may be conducted remotely and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses. This is a model that LHU has undertaken with great success with PA and CMHC programs.

6. Will students have to switch between campuses?
As envisioned, university integrations would allow for courses and programs to be conducted in-person, remotely, and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses.

7. Will we still be called Lock Haven University?
Yes. The name Lock Haven will remain. Our logo, beloved Bald Eagle mascot, and traditions will remain.

8. Will the cost of attendance change?
The State System's mission is to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education across the Commonwealth, and this approach is designed to bolster that mission.

9. What will happen to LHU's athletic programs?
Athletics remain an important part of our campus culture, and we are pursuing a path with the NCAA where each campus will retain its current complement of athletic teams. While we don’t know all the answers about what the future athletics programs will look like, we remain committed to our goal of maintaining complementary teams at each university. Lock Haven University will continue to field the full complement of varsity athletics programs on campus as this process continues.

10. What is the process for integration?
To succeed individually, we must succeed in common. 500+ students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community leaders have been participating in the Northeast Integration planning since September 2020.

Following the April Board of Governor’s Meeting, there will be a 60-day public comment period. At its summer meeting, the Board will vote regarding the integration moving forward.

The process for integrating State System universities is defined by law in Act 50. It is transparent, consultative, analytical, and intended to seek solutions, not implement solutions that have been predetermined. The process is conducted in partnership with the General Assembly through quarterly check-ins with House and Senate Education and Appropriations Committees.

11. When will a plan be available?
The goals and priority considerations for integration are available on the State System Integrations webpage. Visit the PASSHE integration webpage for details.

12. Will there be administrative, faculty, and/or staff reductions as a result of integrations?
The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of over a year from review to final proposal. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential employment impacts of any potential multi-university integration, but the State System remains committed to an open, transparent, and consultative process from start to finish.

13. How soon could the proposed integration become reality?
At its summer meeting, the Board of Governors will vote regarding the integration moving forward. Following a year of implementation planning to operationalize the integration strategies, the integrated entity would come together beginning in July of 2022.

Timeline

PASSHE Board of Governors’ Approved Timeline

July 2020 – October 2020
Conduct a review of the financial stability of System universities assuming the continuation of present operations and potential university integrations

October 2020 - April 2021
Develop an integration plan or plans for candidate integrations identified by the review

April 2021 – July 2021
Submit integration plan or plans for public comment (April 2021) and submit integration plan for final approval by the Board (July 2021)

July 2021 – August 2022
Implement university integrations

NewsCommunications

Campus Message: July 16, 2020
Campus Message: July 22, 2020
Campus Message: September 16, 2020
Campus Message: September 29, 2020
Campus Message: October 15, 2020
Campus Message: November 11, 2020
Campus Message: March 5, 2021

Integration Insights Monthly: April 22, 2021Integration Insights Monthly: May 11, 2021

Integration Outreach to Alumni: February, 5, 2021

Integration Insights for Students: April 1, 2021
Integration Insights for Students: April 8, 2021
Integration Insights for Students: April 15, 2021
Integration Insights for Students: April 22, 2021

FAQs

LHU will continue to add additional FAQs about university integration as questions arise. You may submit questions for inclusion by emailing strategiccommunications@lockhaven.edu.

You may also view the State System’s FAQs for more general information about university integrations.

Download The PASSHE Integration FAQs

+Why is LHU being integrated with Mansfield and Bloomsburg?

The State System’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education across the Commonwealth, and this approach is designed to bolster that mission. At a time when universities across the country are financially challenged, it’s incumbent upon the State System to creatively ensure that its institutions are open, vibrant, and centered on student success. The goals of an integrations approach are to maintain or expand high-quality educational opportunities for students across the state, position institutions for growth, and meet regional economic and workforce needs.

+I’m a current student. Will I be able to finish my degree at LHU?

Yes. That’s a prime reason why the State System is exploring an integrations approach that keeps all institutions open, focuses on student success, and uncovers cost efficiencies, which directly impact the total price a student pays. Any eventual plan would be designed to ensure our universities continue offering students the programs they want and their regions need. Integrations provide the State System with its best opportunity to balance its responsibility to provide a quality education at an affordable price for students.

I’m a prospective student, will I be able to start and finish the degree I’m interested in at LHU?

Yes. In fact, its’ never been a better time to be a student at LHU. You will be able to finish your program of study and earn your degree at LHU. You will also have access to many new opportunities, experiences, and degree programs that will arise from university integrations.

+Will LHU continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs?

AYes. LHU will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs as normal. As envisioned, university integration will allow LHU students greater access to courses, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials. For a full list of current degree programs, visit our academics page.

+Will all of my classes be online due to integration?

No. You can expect a traditional, residential campus experience at LHU with courses delivered on campus and with the close personal interaction with your professors that LHU is known for. Integration will create many new opportunities to access courses, majors, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials. Some courses and programs may be conducted remotely and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses. This is a model that LHU has undertaken with great success in the Physician Assistant and other programs.

+Will students have to switch between campuses?

No. As envisioned, university integrations would allow for courses and programs to be conducted in-person, remotely, and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses.

+Will we still be called Lock Haven?

The outcome of university integration is purposeful in its intent to retain the Lock Haven's historical identity, brand, campus experiences, and value proposition.

+Will the cost of attendance change?

The State System’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education across the Commonwealth, and this approach is designed to bolster that mission.

+What will happen to LHU’s athletic programs?

The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of over a year from review to final proposal and more time required for implementation. Lock Haven University will continue to field the full complement of varsity athletics programs on campus as this process continues.

+What is the process for integration?

The process for integrating State System universities is defined by law in Act 50. It is transparent, consultative, analytical, and intended to seek solutions, not implement solutions that have been predetermined. The process is conducted in partnership with the General Assembly through quarterly check-ins with House and Senate Education and Appropriations Committees.

+When will a plan be available?

As an implementation plan is developed between now and April, Lock Haven University and the State System will engage with stakeholders throughout the process to keep them informed and to help inform our decisions. The review and plan development process will be broadly consultative and transparent. This is the beginning of a lengthy process and there is no predetermined plan or outcome. Our charge is to work together with our sister institutions to develop a plan that follows the state system’s vision for university integrations. Our top priority is to keep students at the center of this process and to maintain access and affordability while meeting local workforce needs, leveraging our combined strengths, and improving our financial condition.

+Will there be administrative, faculty, and/or staff reductions as a result of integrations?

The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of over a year from review to final proposal. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential employment impacts of any potential multi-university integration, but the State System remains committed to an open, transparent, and consultative process from start to finish.

+How soon could the proposed integration become reality?

Any proposed integration would be required to follow an extensive consultation, and reporting process. This includes a year of review, including public reports to the Legislature.

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