The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has entered “Phase 2” of its multi-year plan to restructure the system and reach long-term stability.
In 2016, PASSHE reviewed its operations and searched for problems in the system. After defining the problems with the current design of the system, PASSHE entered “Phase 1” where policy changes were made, and the new chancellor, Daniel Greenstein, was hired.
“After the review, the Board established three priorities: Ensuring student success, leveraging university strengths and transforming the governance/leadership structure,” according to PASSHE’s website dedicated to the redesign.
PASSHE is working to reduce costs, grow revenues, strengthen governance structures and build on communication.
The system restoration will focus on “analytical and consultative change leadership, supporting of employee development system, support university with adherence of state and federal laws, regulations, rules and policies, and align strategic communications and advocacy efforts,” according to PASSHE’s website.
Like other public university systems, PASSHE has faced various challenges including cheaper competition, public funding and financial stress. The system overhaul is part of an effort to create a new culture for Pennsylvania state schools, according to PASSHE.
The state system redesign process began in June 2016 and will continue through 2021.