Academic restructuring an innovativ
When more than 2,500 students, including 722 freshmen, came to the Central State campus to begin the 2011-2012 academic year, they arrived at a university well equipped to meet the needs of today’s college students.
In addition to two new residence halls and some new faculty and staff members, a significant change has oc- curred: CSU has undergone academic restructuring.
“We are organizing for excellence.
The restructuring allows us to respond to emerging disciplines and the chang- ing needs of Ohio and the nation,” says Dr. Juliette B. Bell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“Central State now has an aca-
demic structure that more precisely reflects the distinctive identities within the University,” she continues. “By restructuring, we allow the deans and faculty in the colleges to really concen- trate on – and to grow – a targeted set of programs.”
New College of Science and Engineering
Some departments from the
College of Business and Industry and from the College of Arts and Sciences have been realigned to form the new College of Science and Engineering (CSE).
The CSE brings together the fol-
lowing departments: Natural Sciences (including Biology and Chemistry), Mathematics and Computer Science, Water Resources Manage- ment (including Environmental Engineering and Geology), and Manufacturing Engineering (including Industrial Technology).
Dr. Bell points out that this new
structure builds upon the strength of the University in the STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The nationwide need for STEM graduates grows at enormous rates.
“We have a history of being a top- producer of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines when measured by per- centages,” she states. “The College of Science and Engineering is a way to give more prominence to those programs.”
Renaming of two colleges Since the Natural Sciences,
Mathematics and Computer Science departments are no longer part of what was formerly known as the Col- lege of Arts and Sciences, a new, more appropriate name was needed. It is now known as the College of Hu- manities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
Likewise, since industrial depart-
ments are no longer part of what was previously known as the College of Business and Industry, it has the more accurate name of College of Business.
“These new names give a more
distinctive identity to these colleges and better identify their structure,” Dr. Bell points out.
To help new students better meet the challenges of university life, restructuring also included the forma- tion of University College.
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