Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is a state agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that oversees 14 state-owned colleges and universities. Collectively, it is the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. It is the 43rd largest university system in the world[citation needed]. The system comprises 14 state-owned schools, all of which are NCAA Division II members in most sports by virtue of being members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.[3][4] Several schools also participate in NCAA Division I sports including wrestling and field hockey.

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education
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TypePublic University System
EstablishedJuly 1, 1983 (1983-07-01)
ChancellorDaniel Greenstein
Academic staff
5,500
Students111,000 students (2014)[1] 119,513 students (2010)[2]
Location, ,
United States
Campus14 campuses
AffiliationsNCAA Division IIPSAC
Keystone Library Network
Websitewww.passhe.edu

The State System should not be confused with Pennsylvania's other state-funded university system, the Commonwealth System of Higher Education that includes the land grant university (Pennsylvania State University), its related campuses; and three historically private universities (Temple University, Lincoln University, and University of Pittsburgh). While Commonwealth System members are separate legal entities with their own charters, boards, and endowments, the State System is a state agency whose board is appointed by the governor.

HistoryEdit

The Normal School Act of 1857 was passed on the last day of session on May 20, 1857.[5] Its passage created 12 normal school districts in the state in which to establish private corporations answerable to the State Superintendent of Common Schools.[6] Afterward, the School Code of 1911 mandated that the Commonwealth purchase all the normal schools. The normal schools evolved from state normal schools, to state teacher's colleges, to state colleges. Act 188, which was signed into law on November 12, 1982 and came into effect on July 1, 1983, established the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and converted those state colleges into universities.

Universities and related entitiesEdit

The system is a composition of the following 14 universities in Pennsylvania: