State-Owned Universities Face Additional Challenges From Pandemic
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Many of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities were struggling financially before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now with students at home studying online and schools forced to refund room and board, the State System of Higher Education is projected to lose 52-million dollars through the start of fall semester. But Chancellor Dan Greenstein says despite the difficult times, there is future opportunity.

Greenstein says reform plans that were already underway to try and fix the system's problem of declining enrollment, need to be accelerated. He says they will include shared academic programs and services among the universities -- and reducing the size of operations to match a university's enrollment. The state system includes Bloomsburg, Millersville, Kutztown and Shippensburg universities.