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In Brief

State System Redesign

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education—the university system that includes IUP and 13 other institutions—made headlines last January when then-chancellor Frank Brogan announced a System-wide strategic review in light of budget shortfalls and declining enrollment. The State System hired a private consultant to conduct an in-depth study of all its operations. In October, the System’s Board of Governors endorsed a redesign of the System based on the consultant’s recommendations and on input from stakeholders. The forthcoming plan of action is to focus on three priorities: ensuring student success, leveraging the strengths of each of its member universities, and transforming the System’s leadership and governance structure. The board also affirmed its commitment to sustaining all 14 member institutions. More information is at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education website.

Advancement Leadership

Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna has been serving as interim vice president for University Advancement at IUP since the September retirement of Bill Speidel. Osseiran-Hanna comes to IUP from the College of Staten Island, part of the City University of New York, and has raised $96 million in her advancement career. The University Advancement Division houses the Alumni Relations and Development offices and serves as liaison to the Foundation for IUP.

Fall Figures

IUP’s total enrollment for fall is 12,316, which includes 10,143 undergraduates and 2,173 graduate students in credit-hour programs. That total includes 2,481 new freshmen—up 146 from last year. The freshman class has an average high school grade point average of 3.24. The fall count also includes 913 military-affiliated students and 246 students in noncredit programs, such as the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Criminal Justice Training Center.

Public Health Program Debut

Diane Shinberg, associate professor of sociology, has been named director of the new Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. A member of the IUP faculty since 2009, Shinberg served as coordinator of her department’s Master of Arts program for four years. Faculty members from more than 20 departments helped develop the Public Health program, which offers concentrations in epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, and behavioral and mental health.