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Master Plan for Higher Education

DRAFT: Pennsylvania Master Plan for Higher Education (PDF) - This draft is for review and discussion at the September 14, 2022 meeting of the Council of Higher Education.

The Public School Code of 1949 directs the State Board of Education (Board) to adopt a Master Plan for Higher Education (Master Plan) every 10 years for the guidance of the Governor, the General Assembly, and all institutions of higher education funded wholly or in part by state appropriations. The Board's Council of Higher Education (Council) is tasked with developing a Master Plan for adoption by the Board.

The Council initiated an update to the Master Plan in January 2021. At that time, the Council held a working session to review the requirements for a Master Plan as set forth in the Public School Code. The working session provided an open forum for members to discuss their vision for a new Master Plan and to determine how to structure the work to develop a new plan. The Council also reviewed and invited discussion on a draft table of contents that identified strategic priorities around which a new Master Plan will be centered. DRAFT: Proposed Table of Contents for Pennsylvania Master Plan for Higher Education.

The Council determined that it would appoint an Advisory Committee to consult with in the development of a new Master Plan representative of all postsecondary education sectors in the Commonwealth, workforce development representatives, and leadership from the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Industry. The membership of the Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) was considered and approved by the Council at a public meeting in March 2021 and, at the request of Council members, an additional Advisory Committee member representing the Commonwealth's workforce development needs was added in May 2021. Advisory Committee Members.

Finally, the Public School Code of 1949 empowers the Council to require the submission of long-range plans from public and private institutions of higher education and directs such documents to be reviewed in the development of a new Master Plan. In accordance with the Public School Code, the Council invited all institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth to submit publicly available links to the institution's most recent strategic plan, annual plan, or similar document. The Council also invited institutions to submit links to dashboards with outcome metrics developed to accompany the institution's strategic plan, annual plan, or similar document, as well as links to other relevant resources associated with those items. These documents will be reviewed in the development of a new Master Plan.

The Council and the Advisory Committee began holding bimonthly working sessions in July 2021. Meetings of the Council and the Advisory Committee are open to the public, and agendas for future meetings will be announced in accordance with the Sunshine Act and posted to the Board's website. Below, you will find an index of past meetings agendas, along with presentations made to the Council and Advisory Committee.

Council of Higher Education & Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Working Session Agendas

Presentations

Feedback from Pennsylvania's Postsecondary Community on the Master Plan for Higher Education (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education, at the July 13, 2022 Working Session of the Council of Higher Education and the Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Strategic Priority 3:  Increase College Affordability for All Pennsylvanians (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education, at the March 16, 2022 Working Session of the Council of Higher Education and Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Strategic Priority 4:  Innovate and Redesign Postsecondary Institutions for Today's Learners (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education, at the May 4, 2022 Working Session of the Council of Higher Education and Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Strategic Priority 5:  Increase Transparency on the value of Postsecondary Credentials to Individuals, Communities, and the Commonwealth (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education, at the January 12, 2022, Working Session of the Council of Higher Education and Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Credential Transparency in Indiana & Why It's Important (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education at the January 12, 2022, Working Session of the Council of Higher Education and Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Building the Roadmap to Increase Postsecondary Attainment in the Commonwealth, 2022-2023 (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education, at the September 8, 2021, Working Session of the Council of Higher Education and Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Strategic Priority 2: Erase Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Access, Progression, and Completion by Race, Ethnicity, Income, Age, Gender, and Geography (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education, at the November 17, 2021, Working Session of the Council of Higher Education and Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Resources for the Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

College Affordability 

Public perceptions of affordability
Data on Costs of College and Student Debt
Policy Recommendations

Value of a Postsecondary Credential

Public Perceptions on the Value of a Postsecondary Credential

Transparency of Postsecondary Credentials