The State System of Higher Education of Pennsylvania recently merged six of its public universities in two multicamping institutions as part of a continuous effort to maintain the system as a driver of economic development and social mobility in the state. State officials rewarded those efforts by approving the increase in Passhe's largest budget.

but in the midst of this significant reorganization, a quieter change, but still remarkable, also happened. Passhe sold his Dixon University Center, the building of the center of Harrisburg and the lands that previously housed the chancellor's office. The sale reduced operating expenses and generated an estimated annual savings of $ 2 million, according to Kevin Hensil, a Passhe spokesman.

The sale also provided the university system the opportunity to allow the 27 office employees to work remotely at a permanent basis at a time when schools and universities are bleeding to employees and look for forms of retaining workers who feel mistreated by the pandemic and burn large workloads. Being more flexible with remote labor policies, system leaders are also reacting to post-pandemic work pressures to innovate with the aim of optimizing employee productivity and job satisfaction.

"Most people enjoy working remotely and is successful, "said Hensil. “While our staff has been working remotely, the state system successfully achieved several milestones for the system redesign, including the approval of a state law, Law 50 of 2020, authorizing the system to advance with the redesign, the Integration of six of our universities in two universities, this required the approval of the Commission of Higher Education of the Midros and the NCAA, the restoration of the confidence of the legislature in the system and receives the greatest increase in state funds in our History. Sale in August 2020.

"The exciting thing for us is that it will have a very good use in the city," Hensil said, pointing out that it was bought by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisbur g for use as a community center. He added that the Chancellor's office has maintained a limited space of "hotel" offices in the Harrisburg suburbs for the use of employees when necessary.

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The income of the sale helped to finance the consolidation of the University System of the University of Edinboro, the University of Pennsylvania in California and the Clarion University on July 1 in an institution now known as the Western University of Pennsylvania, or Pennwest. Months before, the universities of Bloomsburg, Mansfield and Lock Haven in the Northeast of Pennsylvania consolidated under the name of the University of the Commonwealth.

"We would have finished with the educational deserts in the western and northeast part of our state", Passhe's chancellor Daniel Greenstein said about the trajectory of the system if the redesign had not been carried out. Almost 90 percent of Passhe's students come from Pennsylvania, and approximately two thirds live and work in the state for a decade after graduation.

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