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State universities launch new programs tailored to workforce needs

Deb Erdley
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Officials at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities say they are ramping up efforts to meet the demand for degree programs tailored to workforce needs.

That includes launching a dozen new degree programs this fall as the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education implements a redesign program and prepares to welcome a new chancellor.

The redesign effort at the schools — including California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock universities in Western Pennsylvania — follows seven years of declining enrollment . System-wide enrollment slipped from 119,513 in 2010 to 102,103 last fall.

New degrees approved under a streamlined process include:

• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, interdisciplinary studies in business and commerce, management and marketing at California University

• Associate in Applied Science in culinary arts at Indiana University

• Bachelor of Science in public relations at Kutztown University

• Master of Science in information technology at Bloomsburg University

• Master of Science in hospitality and tourism management at Slippery Rock University

• Educational Specialist in school psychology at Indiana University

“This latest round of program approvals further demonstrates the strides we have made as we move forward in redesigning the State System to be more agile and more responsive to the needs of our students and their future employers,” interim Chancellor Karen Whitney said announcing the new degrees.

Former Gates Foundation executive Daniel Greenstein is to take the helm as new chancellor at PASSHE on Sept. 4.

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