2010-06-17 / Local & State

Pennsylvania Universities Mull Shared Degree Programs

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Leaders of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities are proposing that students be able to enroll in collaborative degree programs that would combine courses and instructors from more than one of the system’s 14 universities.

Officials say a report to be presented to the faculty union Monday in Harrisburg is expected to include recommendations for “shared programs’’ in foreign languages and in physics. The pilot programs could use software that enables distance learning.

The proposal stems from a review of undergraduate and graduate programs that have low enrollments on individual campuses of the State System of Higher Education.

Karen Ball, vice chancellor for external relations, says the idea is not to have the student be “campusbound.’’

Administrators are expected to outline Monday which programs they plan to discontinue or impose an enrollment moratorium on, and which will continue unchanged or with modifications.

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