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Grant applications frequently require background information such as the University's mission statements, and institutional history.  Additional information regarding academic programs, accreditation and student enrollment data is also often requested.  The following information can be used when required as part of your grant application.  The information source and date are provided. 

The information includes:

1. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Profile

2. Mission of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

3. Shippensburg University Mission Statement

4. Shippensburg University Brief History

5. Shippensburg University Executive Summary

6. Shippensburg University Fast Facts

7. Shippensburg University Compliance Statements

8. Shippensburg University Admissions, Enrollment, Graduation Information  


1. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Profile

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) comprises the Commonwealth's 14 publicly owned universities, four branch campuses and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. The universities are located in rural, suburban and small-town settings throughout Pennsylvania: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.  The four branch campuses are in Oil City (Clarion), Freeport and Punxsutawney (Indiana), and Clearfield (Lock Haven).

The System universities offer degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels.  There are more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. With nearly 120,000 students, PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.  Approximately 90% of the universities' students are Pennsylvania residents, and nearly 80 percent remain in the Commonwealth immediately after graduation.

 The Dixon University Center in Harrisburg houses the System's Office of the Chancellor. The Office of the Chancellor’s executive leadership team includes vice chancellors for academic and student affairs, administration and finance, external relations and human resources and labor relations.

 PASSHE is the Commonwealth's 13th largest employer, with an annual  budget of $1.4 billion and more than 12,100 employees.  There are approximately 652,000 alumni of the System universities worldwide, with nearly 500,000 of these living in Pennsylvania.  The State System has an economic impact of approximately $4.7 billion.

2. Mission of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

The primary mission of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education " the provision of instruction for undergraduate and graduate students to and beyond the master's degree in the liberal arts and sciences, and in the applied fields, including the teaching profession."  Doctoral programs are offered by Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) or through a consortium arrangement with IUP.  While the universities share a common mission, each also embraces specific missions in business, human services, public administration, and/or technology.

All 14 Pennsylvania State System universities are fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Academic programs are individually accredited by appropriate national organizations.

3. Shippensburg University Mission Statement  

Shippensburg University Mission Statement is available here. 

4. Shippensburg University: Brief History

A brief history of Shippensburg University can be found here.

5. Shippensburg University Executive Summary 

Shippensburg University is a public regional comprehensive institution and part of Pennsylvania's 14-campus State System of Higher Education (State System). The university offers 46 undergraduate baccalaureate programs in three colleges-the College of Arts and Sciences, the John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services. The School of Graduate Studies offers master's degrees in 24 programs. The primary commitment of the university is to student learning and personal development, which is accomplished through effective teaching and interactive learning and through student life programs that complement the academic goals of the institution. The university also works closely and collaboratively with the surrounding community and the region that it serves.

Shippensburg is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International, EBET, Inc., American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, and Council for Exceptional Children.

6. Shippensburg University: Fast Facts

Fast Facts information is available here.   

7. Shippensburg University Statements of Compliance

The Office of Social Equity, located in Old Main 200, coordinates the university's compliance with laws and regulations relating to equal opportunity, sexual harassment, and disabled accommodation. Any questions or complaints should be directed to the Director of Social Equity at 717-477-1161.

A comprehensive list of University statements of compliance can be found here

Shippensburg University Commitment to Educational Diversity Statement

The Universities Commitment to Educational Diversity Statement is available here.

8. Shippensburg University Admissions, Enrollment, Graduation Information 

The Office of Institutional Researches publishes the university "Profile, A Historical Fact Book" each year. Statistical information related to enrollment, graduation rates and staffing can be obtained through the University's Office of Institutional Research. Information is available directly from Institutional Research Web Page.

Sample Information Available;
Institutional Enrollment (Men & Women):
Full-Time Part-Time
Men Women Men Women

Degree-seeking, first-time freshmen
Other first-year, degree-seeking
All other degree-seeking
Total degree-seeking
All other undergraduates enrolled in credit courses
Total undergraduates
First-time, first-professional students
All other first professionals
Total first-professional

Degree-seeking, first-time
All other degree-seeking
All other graduates enrolled in credit courses
Total graduate
Total all undergraduates
Total all graduate and professional students


Contact the Institute for Public Service & Sponsored Programs Old Main 207 Phone: 717-477-1251 Fax: (717) 477-4053