Integration FAQs - Edinboro University

          Integration Frequently Asked Questions



          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.

          Yes. That’s the 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 that 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.

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

          Yes. Edinboro will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. As envisioned, university integration will allow Edinboro students greater access to courses, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials. View a full list of current degree programs here.

          No. You can expect a traditional, residential campus experience at Edinboro with courses delivered on campus and with the close personal interaction with your professors that Edinboro is known for. Integration will create many new opportunities to access courses, minors, majors, degrees and stackable credentials. Some courses and programs may be conducted remotely and through hybrid modalities across the identified 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.

          Yes. The outcome of university integration is purposeful in its intent to retain the Edinboro name and preserve the institution’s historical identity, brand, campus experiences, and value proposition.

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

          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. Edinboro University will continue to field the full complement of varsity athletics programs on campus as this process continues.

          The process of 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.

          As an implementation plan is developed between now and April, Edinboro University and the State System will engage with stakeholders throughout the process to keep them informed and 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.

          The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of more than 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.

          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.