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Key Talking Points

  • The merger of CEHS and CPASS is major part of the University’s academic transformation agenda.
  • The goal for creating this new college is to create a single academic unit that is highly relevant to future students, competitive in the higher education landscape and interdisciplinary in nature.
  • While this merger has been under consideration for several years, it gained more urgency following the December 2020 charge from President Gee to accelerate the University’s academic transformation efforts.
  • The Office of the Provost conducted peer benchmarking research across Big 12, regional and research peers and found that many institutions already align similar programs in a single college (e.g., Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Oklahoma State University, Michigan State University, George Mason University and the University of Tennessee).
  • Benefits of the merger will be dynamic academic offerings, collaborative research, interdisciplinary funding opportunities, and enhanced student services.
  • A name for the new college will be determined in fall 2021, but CEHS and CPASS will continue to operate as two separate entities until the official launch of the new college in July 2022.
  • Leaders from both colleges have worked through summer 2021 to map out a structure for the new college.
  • Faculty, staff, students and alumni will have the opportunity to engage in various aspects of the planning process throughout the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A national search for a founding dean will likely begin in the fall semester 2021.
  • It is anticipated the new college will launch in July 2022, but some components of the reorganization will take more time to implement.
  • A restructuring decision such as this does not require Board of Governors’ vote or approval, but they have been involved in and aware of leadership’s decision-making process and progress.