NCHEMS examined a wide range data from public sources as well as from the State System. These data provided insights that allowed pinpointing specific problems and the content that helped to focus discussions with stakeholders. They also helped in the identification o potential solutions.
NCHEMS participated in 120 meetings that involved hundreds of individuals throughout the Commonwealth. A website was created to gather input from additional stakeholders and the general public, and 856 comments were received.
Based on data analyses and stakeholder engagement, a final report that highlighted findings, observations, and recommendations was prepared and presented to PASSHE. This report recommended that, rather than closing institutions (which would deprive their communities and students of a vital resource for educational opportunity), the System press forward with efforts to share both academic programs and administrative operations, and to enhance support services to serve a changing population of students. The report also recommended clarifying the decision authorities of the System Board and campus advisory boards.