Greenstein returns, virtually, to the IUP on April 4 | Local News

State Higher Education System Chancellor Dr. Dan Greenstein will make another virtual visit to Indiana University in Pennsylvania on April 4.

PASSHE officials announced on Monday that it will be an online open forum, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Asked about the themes, Cody Jones, head of strategic relations in the Chancellor’s office, said: “The credit application would certainly be part of the discussion, in addition to a general update on the state of the system.”

Jones referenced Governor Tom Wolf’s 2022-2023 budget proposal as it was made Feb. 8, with what the governor called “significant investments in (PASSHE) and other educational institutions.” to make college more affordable, minimize student debt, and prepare for the future. labor.”

Wolf agreed to the request made by the PASSHE Board of Governors for what the state system called “a historic 15% increase in general appropriations,” to $552.5 million for the network of public institutions. which includes Indiana University in Pennsylvania.

“This investment will drive ongoing transformational change underway,” Greenstein said in February, “change that will ensure all Pennsylvanians have affordable pathways to post-secondary degrees and the opportunities those degrees provide for people to support themselves and those of their family”.

Dr. Jamie Martin, IUP faculty member and president of the PASSHE faculty union, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, said Wolf’s proposal, along with “scholarships and other student-centered initiatives,” “will move the state toward its original mission of providing high-quality education at the lowest possible cost to students.”

PASSHE officials said no RSVPs are required for the April 4 event, which will be held via Zoom. Those wishing to participate in the event can do so by logging into Zoom or by calling 1-646-558-8656 and using the webinar ID number 941 8697 0230.

Greenstein served as PASSHE’s fifth chancellor, assuming the position on September 4, 2018, and serving as CEO of a system of 14 public universities with 90,000 degree-seeking students and thousands more enrolled in colleges. certificates and other career development programs.

“We work with each university to build a campus tour that best meets their needs, including COVID,” Jones said. “Several universities have chosen to have these meetings virtual for various reasons, so the IUP is not unique in this approach.”

A year has passed since Greenstein’s last direct outreach to the IUP and its more than 9,000 students.

He also came in a virtual open forum held on March 30, 2021, regarding “The Future of System Redesign,” PASSHE’s response to a range of challenges facing public higher education, which builds on other states’ efforts to fundamentally transform its education and business plans.

It has gone through several phases since a top-down review of the PASSHE system in 2016-17.

According to Greenstein’s most recent blog, published February 22 on the PASSHE website, the first phase was a time of “review and preparation” that lasted until 2018, then came a second phase of “stabilization and reinforcement” which continues in the current academic. year, and now a theme of “reinvest and renew” which is expected to continue through July 2024.

“Focused on the next phase of our system overhaul,” he wrote on Feb. 22, “the Board (of State System Governors) has turned its attention to the one curve we haven’t yet significantly affected: registrations”.

That would include IUP, which had a peak enrollment of 15,379 in 2012-13, according to university records.

“Having declined at most of our universities for over a decade, it is the one curve we absolutely must bend for the good of the Commonwealth, its people, its economy and its social well-being,” he said. writes Greenstein.

During that 75-minute Zoom conference nearly a year ago, Greenstein said he saw a bright future for IUP, that the local university’s NextGen, student-focused concept was doing a lot to consolidate that.

As IUP President Dr. Michael A. Driscoll said in his commencement address for the 2021-22 academic year, he said NextGen is being used “as an evolutionary model to deliver our students incredible opportunities that will lead them to incredible careers and lives.”