West Chester University quietly pushes for Pennsylvania secession law

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When word leaked out in February about a plan to let prosperous state-owned universities leave the State System of Higher Education, West Chester University — arguably the most robust — chose its words carefully.

Talking points crafted with help from a consultant cast the fast-growing university near Philadelphia as a bystander, and staff were told to stick to that script if students or parents called.

“We do understand that several legislators are planning to introduce a bill that would allow State System universities to become more independent,” read the approved language forwarded by a West Chester vice president in a Feb. 27 email. “If the bill were to pass, WCU would need to engage in a comprehensive assessment of this opportunity before making any decisions about its status.”

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