Pennsylvania · Higher Education


Higher Education

Fig. 1. The Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”). Photograph by “RealNordyNed,” December 17, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Lee Gardner, “A System Leader Sells His Vision for Remaking Public Higher Ed,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21, 2021,

Deb Erdley, “Pa. State System moves ahead with mergers of 6 universities, including California, Clarion, Edinboro,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 28, 2021,

Bill Schackner, “Petitions couldn’t save a popular Pennsylvania state university music professor’s job, so his wife is speaking out,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 4, 2021,

Deb Erdley, “Plan approved to continue with consolidation of California, Clarion and Edinboro universities,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 14, 2021,

Eric Kelderman, “The Plan Is ‘Not Perfect,’ but Pa.’s Public-College System Will Turn 6 Campuses Into 2,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14, 2021,

Deb Erdley, “Empty dorm rooms pose financial problems for Pennsylvania public universities,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 1, 2021,

Deb Erdley, “Pennsylvania Western University name adopted for merged state campuses,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 14, 2021,

Associated Press, “Board: 3 state schools to merge into Commonwealth University,” WTAE, March 3, 2022,

Valerie Myers, “What has changed, what won’t, now that Edinboro University has become PennWest,” Erie Times-News, July 1, 2022,

Audrey Williams June and Brian O’Leary, “The State With Too Many Campuses,” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 11, 2022,

Maddie Aiken, “Gov. Shapiro said Pa.’s higher education system ‘isn’t working.’ Here’s what education advocates say needs to be fixed,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 25, 2023,

Maddie Aiken, “New report finds enrollment and state funding at Pennsylvania colleges continue to decline,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 5, 2023,

Emma Folts and Betul Tuncer, “The high cost of higher ed: Pitt is one of the nation’s priciest public universities for local families,” Public Source, June 5, 2023,

Susan Snyder and Ryan W. Briggs, “Penn gave ex-President Amy Gutmann a $3.7 million home loan as she prepared to depart the university,” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 2023,

Bill Schackner, “Point Park University wants to increase enrollment by 30%, house older adults,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 30, 2023,

Robert Moran and Gillian McGoldrick, “Gov. Josh Shapiro proposes sweeping reform of Pa. state-funded higher education,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 2024,

Maddie Aiken, “PennWest is struggling. Its campuses are experiencing those challenges differently,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 11, 2024,

Bill Schackner, “Gov. Shapiro releases specifics of higher education restructuring plan in Pittsburgh visit,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 27, 2024,

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