PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia medical school is merging with a liberal arts university known for its design programs in a move officials say will help them improve course offerings.
Officials with Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University announced the preliminary merger decision Thursday.
School leaders tell the Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1Nrr2ZF) the merger will help them offer programs focused on "real-world" problems.
The deal could help give Philadelphia University students a better shot at Jefferson's medical school, which traces its roots to 1824. Jefferson would nearly double the number of its students and add to its academic programs.
During the three-year transition period, Philadelphia University's name won't change, but "eventually it will be clear" it is part of Jefferson.
Philadelphia University was formerly known as Philadelphia College of Textiles & Sciences. It changed its name in 1999.