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Pennsylvania may try shared degrees at 14 state universities

June 14, 2010

State of Pennsylvania System of Higher Education leaders want more student to enroll in collaborative degree programs that would rely on courses and instructors based on more than one campus, citing under-enrollment in certain programs at various campuses.

Pilot programs are expected to be recommended for "shared programs" in foreign languages like French, German, and Spanish, and in physics.

The idea stems from a systemwide review of scores of undergraduate and graduate programs that have low enrollment on individual campuses.

At least four universities have announced actual or possible work force cuts to deal with both waning state support amid the recession, and the anticipated loss starting in July 2011 of $38 million in federal stimulus aid that allowed the State System's 14 universities to offset cuts in their state appropriations.

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