University of the Pacific in talks to continue Drexel programs in Sacramento

The University of the Pacific revealed Thursday that it has entered negotiations with Drexel University to continue some its Sacramento-based graduate programs after Drexel leaves the region over the next two years.

Drexel announced earlier this month that it would close the six-year-old Sacramento satellite to focus on its home campus in Philadelphia. Already expanding its own graduate offerings at the McGeorge School of Law in Oak Park, the Stockton-based University of the Pacific said the deal would allow it to build its Sacramento presence and add established programs.

“This opportunity would accelerate Pacific’s plan to provide graduate education programs to serve the needs of businesses, government and leadership in the Sacramento region,” President Pamela A. Eibeck said in a statement. “Drexel’s proven programs would complement our portfolio in Sacramento.”

The approximately 215 students currently enrolled at Drexel will be able to finish their degrees – including masters’ in business administration, finance and higher education, and a doctorate in educational leadership – through the university, but they may relocate to McGeorge as part of the deal.

The University of the Pacific said it is discussing which programs to continue, which faculty and staff to retain, and how to handle the transition as part of ongoing talks. Details may emerge quickly, as the university plans to recruit students for fall 2015.

“Pacific would be an ideal partner to help Drexel fulfill our commitment to our Sacramento students,” Drexel President John A. Fry said in a statement. “We would be proud to have a California-focused university carry forward some of the programs that have provided so much value for the Sacramento region.”

The University of the Pacific has already approved plans for a master’s in science law and a physician’s assistant program at the McGeorge campus, with master’s degrees in public policy and public administration likely forthcoming.

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