PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
On November 12, 1982, Act 188 was signed into law establishing Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education on July 1, 1983, including the 13 former state colleges and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Today, the State System of Higher Education comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses, the McKeever Environmental Learning Center, and Dixon University Center.
The System's purpose, as outlined in Act 188, is "...to provide high quality education at the lowest possible cost to students." The System universities, located in rural, suburban, and small-town settings throughout Pennsylvania, educate more students per year than any other higher educational institution in the state.
Three State-Related institutions are governed by the Commission for Commmonwealth Universities.
Penn State's University Park Campus, in Centre County is the administrative hub of a statewide system of campuses. It is the primary site for graduate study and enrolls more than half of all Penn State undergraduates. (See: Schools and Colleges for more information) An initiative started here recently that eventually will reach new learners throughout the commonwealth, and well beyond, is the virtual Penn State World Campus.)
These State-Related institutions are governed by the Commission for Commmonwealth Universities.
Founded in 1855, Penn State is Pennsylvania's only land-grant university and has a broad mission of teaching, research and public service. It enrolls more than 80,000 students at 24 campus locations statewide, and offers instruction in more than 160 baccalaureate and 150 graduate programs. The University Park campus, with an enrollment of some 40,000 students, is Penn State's administrative and research hub. The campus is located in central Pennsylvania, adjacent to the community of State College and overlooked by majestic Mount Nittany.
Other Penn State campuses -- including these above -- play a vital role in the University's overall mission. There is a Penn State campus within commuting distance of virtually every Pennsylvanian
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