|Posted:||December 19, 2019 01:15 PM|
|From:||Representative Curtis G. Sonney and Rep. Jesse Topper, Rep. Meghan Schroeder|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||PASSHE Reform _ Bill Package|
|The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Since its formation in 1982, PASSHE has continued to provide accessible, affordable, and relevant undergraduate, graduate, and career-development programs to the public. However, despite significant changes to the landscape of higher education, Act 188 of 1982, PASSHE’s enabling legislation, has not been significantly updated since its initial enactment.
As you know, PASSHE is currently facing considerable challenges – both externally and internally - that threaten the sustainability of its operations. In the fall of 2016, PASSHE embarked on a System Redesign, separated into three phases, in order to address these challenges. In Phase 1, PASSHE established three strategic priorities: (1) ensuring student success; (2) leveraging university strengths; and (3) transforming the governance/leadership structure. System Redesign is currently in Phase 2, which began in the fall of 2018 with the arrival of the new chancellor. Phase 2 involves developing detailed implementation plans to achieve the strategic priorities. As part of Phase 2, legislative action is needed to accomplish many of these goals.
Over this past year, PASSHE’s Board of Governors has taken action to ensure that they have the tools necessary to achieve System Redesign’s full potential. Some examples include:
These reforms will help the System deliver on its mission of providing students with high-quality, affordable public higher education that prepares them to meet the needs of the Commonwealth. Please join us in cosponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as HB2171
|Description:||HB 2171 (Sonney):
HB 2171 will reform the governance and accountability of PASSHE’s Board of Governors and the Councils of Trustees. These reforms include:
Introduced as HB2172
|Description:||HB 2172 (Topper):
HB 2172 will make needed financial and legal reforms to PASSHE. These reforms include:
Introduced as HB2173
|Description:||HB 2173 (Schroeder):
HB 2173 will make needed reforms to streamline reporting and clarify and update statutory language. These reforms include: