How did we get here? Why might we benefit from new college structures?
This is an unprecedented year with a confluence of priorities that we are all experiencing, including: (a) the pandemic and resulting impacts on the university, (b) university strategic planning, (c) program prioritization, and (d) budget reductions and an uncertain fiscal climate.
Conversations about potential restructuring have taken place in the college on and off for several years for various reasons. Those conversations resurfaced as we entered this academic year, initially driven by concerns about ongoing budget reductions and discussions about strategic planning and investments and who we want to be as a college within a changing university.
The confluence of priorities taking place this year have influenced the discussion in different ways at different points in time. Ultimately, the reasons why we are considering restructuring include the following: (a) to help us better align and showcase our identity and to strengthen the college within the university vision, strategic planning goals and future direction with investments in certain aspects of that identify, (b) to strengthen programs through enhanced collaboration and alignment (this may include some combining and/or redesigning of programs), (c) to find efficiencies in the administration of the college, departments and programs that allow us to invest in new ways, and (d) to enhance student support and the student experience through redesign from a student-centered perspective. Ultimately, these changes could also address the expectations of Program Prioritization, which focus on continuous improvement, discontinuance or significant revision of program offerings, and enhanced alignment to university priorities and vision as well as address the needs of potential budget cuts by realizing administrative efficiencies that allow us to continue providing high quality programs and services to students.