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Thank you to members, students, alumni and all others who spoke at today’s two State System hearing about plans to consolidate California, Clarion and Edinboro universities in the west and Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities in the northeast. Two additional hearings are slated for 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, June 10.

By APSCUF’s count, 21 of the 23 morning speakers asked the Board of Governors to either vote no or to delay the plans. One speaker did not deliver remarks (She had intentions of speaking at a later session.) but asked where the board members were (They were not visible on the video.) and how they could be held accountable to hear public comments. (After a few seconds of silence, the answer was that BOG members had joined via Zoom or were watching on YouTube — but they were not onscreen panelists because they were not speaking.) Only one person — the remaining speaker — called the plans the “best option.” No afternoon speakers voiced support of the plans.

Watch the morning hearing, held in a webinar/panel style, below:

Watch the afternoon hearing below:

Read APSCUF’s collated tweets from both hearings:

This post has been updated to add information about the second hearing.