Why is the State System exploring an integrations approach?
The State System’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education across the Commonwealth, and this approach is designed to bolster that mission. At a time when universities across the country are financially challenged, it’s incumbent upon the State System to creatively ensure that its institutions are open, vibrant, and centered on student success. The goals of an integrations approach are to maintain or expand high-quality educational opportunities for students across the state, position institutions for growth, and meet regional economic and workforce needs.
Will Mansfield continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs?
Yes. Mansfield will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs as normal. As envisioned, university integration will allow Mansfield students greater access to courses, minors, majors, degrees, and stackable credentials. For a full list of current degree programs, visit our Majors and Minors page.
Will current students attending Mansfield University be able to finish their studies and earn their degree?
Yes. That’s a prime reason why the State System is exploring an integrations approach that keeps all institutions open, focuses on student success, and uncovers cost efficiencies, which directly impact the total price a student pays. Any eventual plan would be designed to ensure our universities continue offering students the programs they want and their regions need. Integrations provide the State System with its best opportunity to balance its responsibility to provide a quality education at an affordable price for students.
Will we still be called Mansfield University and will I still graduate with Mansfield University on my diploma?
The outcome of university integration is purposeful its intent to retain the name of Mansfield University and preserve the institution’s historical identity, brand, campus experiences, and value proposition.
Will students have to worry about switching campuses?
No. As envisioned, university integrations would allow for courses and programs to be conducted in-person, remotely, and through hybrid modalities across the identified campuses.
Will Mansfield University’s cost of attendance change?
The State System’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education across the Commonwealth, and this approach is designed to bolster that mission.
What does the process look like?
The process for integrating State System universities is defined by law in Act 50. It is transparent, consultative, analytical, and intended to seek solutions, not implement solutions that have been predetermined. The process is conducted in partnership with the General Assembly through quarterly check-ins with House and Senate Education and Appropriations Committees.
Could there be administrative, faculty, and/or staff reductions as a result of the integrations?
The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of over a year from review to final proposal. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential employment impacts of any potential multi-university integration, but the State System remains committed to an open, transparent, and consultative process from start to finish.
How soon could any proposed integration become a reality?
Any proposed integration would be required to follow an extensive consultation, and reporting process. This includes a year of review, including public reports to the Legislature.
When will students, faculty, and staff be informed of these plans?
Mansfield University and the State System will engage with stakeholders throughout the process to keep them informed and to help inform our decisions. The review and plan development process will be broadly consultative and transparent.
Will the university’s athletic programs be combined or eliminated?
The State System is at the beginning of what will be a lengthy review, consultation, and planning process, with an estimated time of over a year from review to final proposal and more time required for implementation. Mansfield University will continue to field their full complement of varsity athletics programs on campus as this process continues. Mansfield’s 13 varsity programs include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, sprint football, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.