LARAMIE – Contributions from internal and external stakeholders have resulted in some likely adjustments to the University of Wyoming’s proposal for university restructuring and cutbacks.
As the administration of the university goes ahead with a recommendation to reconfigure some university colleges, as well as the removal, reorganization, reduction and consolidation of some departments, the initial proposal to remove some departments has been abandoned.
UW Provost and Executive Vice President Kevin Carman today (Thursday) updated the board on the restructuring and academic downsizing process, which is governed by Regulation UW 2-13. The university is in the middle of a review period to solicit feedback from stakeholders, including the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, UW Associate Students, and other interested parties.
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This process was launched in July, with the deadline for comments being October 1. The finalized academic and administrative reductions and reorganizations are expected to be presented to administrators in November.
âWe received informative, thoughtful and useful feedback from various stakeholders, as well as committees appointed to help execute the restructuring plan, âsaid President Ed Seidel. âThis contribution helped consolidate some elements of the preliminary plan while identifying other areas that require further consideration and / or revision. “
The reconfiguration of university colleges continues to be part of the plan. Specifically, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences would become the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and several departments would move there from the current College of Arts and Sciences.
Likewise, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources would become the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with several departments moving there from the current College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences would become the College of Social, Human and Artistic Sciences, bringing UW in line with how many universities organize these disciplines.
The new structure would allow more emphasis to be placed on fundamental liberal arts disciplines that are essential for a full university education.
A virtual town hall to update the UW community on the Settlement 2-13 process is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 20. The session can be viewed live or recorded on https://wyolinks.uwyo.edu/townhallsept20.
Those wishing to submit questions or provide feedback can do so in advance by sending an email to [email protected]