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Pennsylvania state universities, faculty to continue negotiations after New Year

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 19 2012 02:27:07 PM CST

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The bargaining session scheduled for Wednesday between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) has been canceled by mutual agreement.

The two sides plan to resume talks on Jan. 4, with additional scheduled negotiations to follow.

“Our overriding concern, as it has been throughout these negotiations, is the cost to our students and their families,” said PASSHE vice chancellor for human resources and labor relations, Gary Dent, in a press release.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, with about 115,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. About 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.