Employees, students and former students of the Pennsylvania State University system are concerned and confused about the complex and controversial of the State to consolidate six of its 14 universities. Despite a period of public comments of 60 days established by the Board of Governors of the System to allow people to transmit their questions and concerns about the plan, many people have little optimism that their comments will slow the consolidation process.

In the week Since the Pennsylvania Higher Education System published its 400 pages plan, the system has already received comments. Public concern has also intensified by a new report on the economic impact of consolidation and the redesign of the current system, which indicates that it could mean more than 1,500 work eliminations.

"We were surprised how quickly the expert in state has reached the system of the Commonwealth, he was diagnosed and declared by reducing the unique strategy," Eric Hartman, an alumn of the University of Lock Haven and co-founder of Papublicics , a group that opposes consolidation, said of the plans. "Accessible institutions such as the state system already invest tens of thousands of dollars less in students than elite institutions. We frustrated that chancellor has prioritized the reduction of programs and campus consolidation in the state regions with the Access of higher education lower ". jQuery (Document) .Ready (function () varry ('# block-block-181. Popopular-Link'). Click (Function (), Utsubmit = jqery (this) .attr ("href") ; Ga ('send', 'event', 'in the popular article at this time', 'in the article', the subdijo););); .Panel-panel. Most popular margin: 1em 0 2EM; Filling of titlePopular: 0; Bottom filling: 8px; Borders: 2px solid # EF7521; Color: # 000; Width: 100%; Source size: 18px; Source weight: 500; Transformation of text: capital letters; Text-aligned: left; Bottom margin: 18px; Top margin: 14px; . Size of FontPopular-Article: 16px; Height of the line: 20px; Fill: 0! Important; Lower margin: 12px; Source weight: 500; .Popular-item: HoverBackground: #eee; The most popular

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    The two-part plan establishes The bases for integrating the University of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and the Mansfield University in a Western Institution, and the University of California de Pennsylvania, University of Clarion and the University of Edinboro at a northeast institution.

    Until now, praise from the plan come from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Decision Takers. Passhe Chancellor Daniel Greenstein, the Board of Governors and Presidents at the universities marked for consolidation greatly supports the effort. The Board of Governors could vote to approve the plan at the beginning of July.

    Since consolidation was announced last summer, Greenstein has framed the process as inevitable. He said during an audience of the state Senate last month that if the Board does not approve consolidation, he will recommend dissolving the state system.

    But system employees, students and former students have said that they want more time to weigh the consolidation and desire of Passhe leaders would consider other options for the system.

    The work toll

    Plan critics have also indicated that it offers few details about the number of Esshe employees. His work as a result of consolidation. The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, helped fill that information gap last week, when researchers posted a detailed look at the economic impact of planned employment reductions throughout the Passhe system.

    The report examines the report The consequences of consolidating six institutions and redesigning the entire system, an effort that will reduce employment in the 14 Passhe institutions.

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