Strategic System Review

System Review Final Report
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Why a System Review?
Nationwide, universities are dealing with declining enrollment, lagging public funding, and rising operational costs. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has launched a Strategic System Review of the 14 universities and the Office of the Chancellor to identify ways to turn those challenges into opportunities in Pennsylvania.

There are no preconceptions on the outcome. The review is about finding solutions that are right for Pennsylvania, and ensuring each State System university is able to meet the needs of its students, its region, and the Commonwealth for years to come.  

NCHEMS has been selected to assist with the review by collecting input from students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders through frank and candid conversations about the future of the State System. NCHEMS also is analyzing student, program, and financial data as well as national trends in higher education to provide insights for its recommendations.

"This is our opportunity for bold, strategic thinking. If we are willing to work together and challenge each other, we can shape a stronger future for our universities.
This review will be comprehensive and all-inclusive, and with NCHEMS’ assistance, I’m confident we can achieve an even greater level of excellence for our students.”

Download Recommendations as Presented 
​to the Board of Governors on July 12, 2017
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Cynthia D. Shapira
Chairwoman, Board of Governors

System Review Timeline

July 21, 2017
NCHEMS delivers the final report to PASSHE and makes it available to the public on this project portal.

July 12, 2017
NCHEMS shares findings and recommendations during the Board of Governors meeting, followed by a series of meetings with various stakeholder groups.

​June/July 2017  
NCHEMS will share its findings and recommendations during the Board of Governors public meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 12.  (The presentation will be webcast live at .) Following the public presentation, the NCHEMS team will conduct a series of individual Q&A sessions with stakeholder groups including student leaders, faculty and staff union leaders, legislative leaders, Board members, university presidents and trustees, and System staff.  

May 2017
Having visited every university in the State System and with other stakeholders, NCHEMS is beginning Phase 3 of the strategic review, which includes analysis of the data collected. During this phase, additional input from students, faculty, staff and others will continue to be collected through this website.

April 2017
NCHEMS to visit every university within the State System for face-to-face meetings with students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, community members, etc.; other sessions to be held with university presidents, trustees, elected leaders, labor union leaders, and the Board of Governors.

March 2017
NCHEMS is awarded contract to assist with the Strategic System Review; immediately begins process.

January/February 2017
Prospective consultants submit proposals, which are reviewed by the RFP evaluation committee.

Fall/Winter 2016
Request for Proposal (RFP) developed to select a consultant to assist with the Strategic System Review.

Summer/Fall 2016
Information gathering to prepare for the review, including conversations with other higher education systems facing similar challenges.