No More Mansfield University?
Remember the day when many Twin Tiers high school seniors announced they were going to Mansfield State Teachers College?
Some newly-minted teachers in the Twin Tiers as well as business administrators, environmental scientists and public safety administrators in the future may brag they got their degree from the Consolidated Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania instead of Mansfield State University.
The Pennsylvania Education System Board of Governors has unanimously voted to lump Mansfield, Bloomsburg and Lock Haven into the new consolidated system.
The Mansfield Mountaineers, may remain Mountaineers, however. Under the consolidation, the schools' previous names will still be widely used, including for logos and on diplomas.
On the Mansfield University website, the school says integration will mean more degree opportunities through sharing programs with the other campuses.
The change still requires approval from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university system also is working with the NCAA to get permission for each campus to continue to field its own sports teams.
Last fall, the state system board merged California, Clarion and Edinboro universities into Pennsylvania Western University, or Penn West.
Mansfield was founded in 1857 as Mansfield Classical Seminary and became Mansfield State Teachers College in 1927. With the July 1, 1983, passage of the State System of Higher Education Bill, Mansfield State College became Mansfield University.
The move toward consolidation of smaller campuses in the State University was announced in 2020 in response to dwindling enrollment at man of Pennsylvania's state-owned universities.
According to enrollment information from U.S. News, in 2020, Mansfield had 1,780 undergraduate students.