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Frequently Asked Questions

What will this new college be called?

The new college will be named the College of Applied Human Sciences to reflect a focus on helping people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. The College of Applied Human Sciences will be comprised of three schools – the School of Education, the School of Counseling and Well-being, and the School of Sport Sciences. The three schools will build on the skills and knowledge of both colleges to establish a dynamic and forward-thinking academic unit.

Faculty, staff, students and key alumni were engaged in the process of selecting the new name for the college, which was ultimately approved by senior leadership and affirmed by the WVU Board of Governors during their Oct. 29, 2021, meeting.

When will this change happen?

Leadership from both colleges began working during the summer of 2021 to map out the potential structure for the new college. The Provost’s Office presented the planning process and projected timeline to the Board of Governors during its June 25, 2021, meeting.

During the 2021-22 academic year, several working groups are assigned to address the various aspects associated with building the new college, such as academic programming, promotion and tenure guidelines and practices, and administrative and student support services. These groups will provide opportunities for employees, students and alumni from both colleges to engage in the planning process.

The new college will launch on July 1, 2022.

Who will lead the College of Applied Human Sciences?

The University will conduct a national search for a founding dean of this college. This process will begin in the fall semester 2021, with the hopes of making a selection during the spring of 2022 and having the new dean in place by July 2022.

Internal candidates will be eligible to apply.

Will I lose my job?

The primary goal associated with creating the College of Applied Human Sciences is to create a new academic entity that is forward-thinking, nimble, agile, and able to thrive in a changing higher education landscape. The creation of this college presents staff, faculty and administrators with an opportunity to be creative and focus on the future of their disciplines. As a result of some proposed changes, the personnel needs of the College of Applied Human Sciences may be different than existed in the previous units. But every effort will be made to reassign employees to other areas.

Who made the decision and how?

This process is part of the ongoing academic transformation initiative. President Gee, along with University leaders, evaluated various data sets to reach this conclusion. Although a reorganization such as this does not require Board of Governors’ vote or approval, they have been involved in and aware of the leadership’s decision-making process and progress.

Was input from both colleges factored into the decision?

Senior leadership is always engaging with WVU’s academic deans and leaders to listen and gather feedback to make the best decisions possible for the University. The deans of CEHS and CPASS have been aware that this realignment was being considered and have shared this information with their constituents. Faculty, staff and other key stakeholders will have an opportunity to engage in the planning process moving forward.

Is there anything that could potentially reverse or stop this plan from moving forward?

No. This decision has been made; however, there will be ample opportunity for faculty, staff and other key stakeholders to provide input on such areas as academic programming, promotion and tenure guidelines and practices, awards and recognitions, and administrative and student support services.

Is this being done to save money? How much does the University anticipate this merger will save?

While the decision to create the College of Applied Human Sciences was not primarily focused on saving money, we do believe that it will result in savings over time that may be reinvested in the new college. Savings alone should never be a determining factor for academic reorganization. There must be a shared focus and an alignment of interests, which this college will both represent and inspire.

Will my program go away? Will I be able to graduate in the same program I’m in now?

CEHS and CPASS have already focused individually in recent years to evolve their curriculum and programs to meet both student and market needs. Because of that, we do not anticipate the elimination of academic programs as a result of the formation of the College of Applied Human Sciences. Instead, we believe it will lead to the creation of new academic programs that are highly relevant to today’s market and will attract new students to the University. Students currently enrolled in either college will not see their degree programs affected by the merger.

What about my status as an alumnus of CPASS/CEHS? What about my diploma?

Graduates of CPASS and CEHS will always be alumni of West Virginia University and proud Mountaineers. That will never change. Those degrees will always hold the same value as the day they were awarded. Higher education is an ever-evolving landscape, and we must remain relevant to our current and future students to ensure their continued success. We appreciate the connection alumni have to their individual colleges, but we also hope that our alumni will support future generations of graduates by acknowledging the need for change and the significant opportunities that will exist in this new college.

Your academic record will identify CEHS/CPASS as the college from which you graduated. Once the College of Applied Human Sciences has launched, alumni may choose to update their resumes with an addendum indicating the new name of the college. Students currently enrolled in either college will not see their degree programs affected by the merger.

Example: B.A. in Elementary Education, West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services (now the College of Applied Human Sciences)