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Integration FAQs

We will continue to add additional FAQs about university integration as questions arise. You may also view the State System’s FAQs for more general information about university integrations.

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Why is Clarion University being integrated with California and Edinboro?

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 Clarion University?

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 Clarion University?

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

Will Clarion University continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs?

Yes. Clarion University will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs as normal. As envisioned, university integration will allow Clarion University 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 Clarion University with courses delivered on campus and with the close personal interaction with your professors that Clarion University 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 Clarion University has undertaken with great success in some 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 Clarion University?

Yes. The outcome of university integration is purposeful in its intent to retain the Clarion name and preserve the institution’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 Clarion University'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. Clarion 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, Clarion 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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Last Updated 12/7/20