HARRISBURG – A package of reforms to protect the future of the PA State System of Higher Education was signed into law. Act 50 of 2020 will assist efforts to redesign the System in the wake of considerable financial and enrollment pressures that existed even before the COVID-19 pandemic and made worse by the temporary closing of all 14 system schools due to concerns about student health.The law gives the System’s Board of Governors the power to create, expand, consolidate, transfer or affiliate member schools in order to ensure all schools in the system remain open and available to meet the needs of students. The new law also requires shared services among all member universities when the system can show savings and efficiencies, unless member schools opt out by a two-thirds vote of the Council of Trustees.