Two lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow state-owned universities to transfer out of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Senators Andy Dinniman (D-Chester/Montgomery) and Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) said many universities in the system are struggling financially and have experienced a decline in enrollment in recent years.
They said allowing schools to become state-related universities - like Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln - would provide greater independence and flexibility in meeting their financial challenges and enrollment needs.
Under their proposed legislation, universities would be required to have an enrollment of more than 7,000 students to leave the state system.
The institutions would also have to financially compensate the state for the depreciated value of its property.