Dixon University Center

The Dixon University Center, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is the location of the Office of the Chancellor and the central headquarters for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). In addition to administrative offices, the Dixon University Center also has classroom space, conference facilities and a meeting room for PASSHE's Board of Governors. The PASSHE's total student enrollment as of Fall 2010 was nearly 120,000[1], making it one of the largest university systems in the United States.



Dixon University Center was once the home of the Harrisburg Academy, whose leaders built the six historic structures on the grounds today. The Academy maintained the location until 1941, when the War Department took over the facility. Since 1956, the Center has functioned in various configurations as an educational consortium.[clarification needed] In 1987, the Center's Board of Directors, a community corporation, invited the State System of Higher Education—the 14 publicly owned universities—to lead the University Center at Harrisburg consortium and insure continuation of its higher education mission. PASSHE began operating the six-and-one-half-acre site under a lease/purchase agreement in 1988, and purchased the site in 1991. In 1993, the PASSHE Board of Governors acknowledged the leadership and generosity of its founding chairman, Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr., by renaming the Center in his honor.

Under PASSHE's stewardship, the six original structures were renovated to make the facility adequate for classroom instruction and business purposes.


Dixon University Center is foremost an academic and governance center, providing adult learners access to learning. Through a consortium of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities and private colleges and universities, students can earn a degree, expand career skills or continue learning.

The educational partners of Dixon University Center offer undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, professional development classes, and customized training. Courses are presented in a variety of formats for adult learners - online, on-site or blended delivery formats. Evening and Saturday courses provide added options.

Dixon University Center also offers facilities for workshops, seminars and meetings.[citation needed]

Undergraduate Programs
  • Accounting BS – Elizabethtown College
  • Business Administration BS – Elizabethtown College
  • Computer Science/Information Systems BS – Elizabethtown College
  • Corporate Communications: Public Relations/Marketing BA – Elizabethtown College
  • Criminal Justice BS – Elizabethtown College
  • Human Services BS: ONLINE with Face to Face Course Options – Elizabethtown College
Degree Completion Programs
  • Early Childhood Education BSEd – Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Healthcare Administration BS – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Social Work Cohort BSW– Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Graduate Programs
  • Administration and Leadership Studies PhD – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Business Administration MBA – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Human Resource Management MHRM – Saint Francis University
  • Organizational Development and Leadership MS – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Physician Assistant MHS – Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Public Administration MPA – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • School-Based Speech Language Pathology MEd – Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • School Administration/Principal Certificate – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Certificate Programs
  • Advanced Studies in Counseling (Post-Master’s) - Couples and Family Therapy – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Business Analyst Professional – Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Foundations in Project Management – Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Management Information Systems (Post-Bachelor’s) – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • PA Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program – Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • PMP Certification Review – Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Public Health Certificate – East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Principal/Supervisory Certification – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Superintendent Letter of Eligibility – Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Continuing Education & Professional Development
  • Communicative Disorders Electives – West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Corporate University: Professional Training and Continuing Education – Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Nonprofit Resource Network – Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Teacher Professional Training and Education – Millersville University of Pennsylvania


  1. ^ PASSHE Fact Sheet, available at http://www.passhe.edu/inside/ne/press/Lists/Press%20Releases/itemview.aspx?ID=457&ContentTypeId=0x01006B3D98C5084ABB47927D422E92C00C3300058DFAF00E84824A8F87467AD4FF8E26, updated Oct 14, 2010.

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