2 faculties, 6 units of sports activities groups: NCAA offers OK to merger

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sports activities groups at six state-owned Pennsylvania universities will nonetheless compete towards one another regardless of merging into two umbrella establishments, the State System of Greater Training introduced Wednesday.

The choice by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee pertains to sports activities in Division II at Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities. The NCAA has but to rule on a small variety of Division I groups the colleges additionally subject.

The mergers, a part of a systemwide effort to deal with falling enrollment and monetary issues, are designed to offer a broader vary of applications to college students, making it simpler for them to attend courses at different campuses.

The three western Pennsylvania faculties — California, Clarion and Edinboro — joined final yr into Pennsylvania Western College, or PennWest.

The others at the moment are Commonwealth College.

The faculties compete within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Convention.

All six names will nonetheless be broadly used — together with for logos and on diplomas. The umbrella establishments make up single entities for accreditation, with single administrations.

Bashar Hanna, the president of Bloomsburg and interim president of Lock Haven and Mansfield, mentioned in an announcement that aggressive sports activities “maintain a particular place as a part of the material of every of our campus communities and institutional manufacturers. Collectively we will confidently transfer ahead into the 2022-23 tutorial yr and past — to cheer on the Huskies, Bald Eagles, and Mounties.”

The integrations are scheduled to happen in July.

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