New Academic Organization Begins

Today marks the first day of the University’s new organization in which leadership of academic programming is now managed through three Colleges and one new division.  Each unit has a new introductory web page designed to introduce visitors to the mission and areas of responsibilities over which the college or division has oversight, and I invite you to take a look.

The College of Arts and Sciences page has been reworked, and the new Colleges of Business and Education introduce readers to the programs

that have been realigned in these units.  I say realigned because components formerly housed in arts and sciences have joined in new arrangements with companion programs in business and education that were formerly a part of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, which as of today is discontinued.  While that former college is no longer a part of the University’s organization, the degree programs it offered, and the faculty who taught in it, are continuing as important parts of the University mission and organization.

Each new college has two new departments.  In Business, the Departments are Accounting and Management Information Systems, and Marketing and Management.  In Education, the new Departments are Curriculum and Instruction, and Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations.  Each department brings together faculty who teach on the Fredericksburg campus with colleagues from the Stafford campus.  The list of faculty assigned to the new departments is available at the “meet the faculty” directories that are targeted for each college.  In the College of Business, go to this link.  For the director of faculty in the College of Education, go here. The College of Arts and Sciences now consists of 20 departments (rather than the former group of 22) now that business and education faculty have moved to their new organizational homes.  The College of Arts and Sciences also has its own faculty directory.

The Division of Professional Development and Regional Engagement will serve to pursue new ventures in regional economic development, community collaboration, and professional advancement.  The Division will serve as temporary home to the Bachelor of Professional Studies program, and will also manage non-credit training courses and services for the region and its citizens.  I say temporary because an advisory committee of faculty and administrators is currently at work in charting a plan to consolidate the University’s two adult degree programs into one offering.  We hope to start work on implementation of the new adult degree program as soon as final recommendations are developed and approved by all necessary stakeholders.

2010-2011 will be a year of settling in and of continuing development of the missions and organizational structures of the new colleges. July 1, as you know, starts a new fiscal year, and with that the new budget lines required to operate the new colleges and the division will take effect.  The transition to the three colleges and one division involved relocating existing funds.  Budget lines allocated to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies were transferred either to one of the three colleges or to the new division.  Some budget resources (such as the operating budgets of the former Departments of Business Administration and Education) migrated from the College of Arts and Sciences to the new colleges.

Finally, please note that several important academic publications are available online.  The new University Faculty Handbook is posted on my website, at this link.  The Faculty Handbook will not be published in a printed version, although a full PDF will be available that you can print for yourself if so desired.  If you notice any errors in the online Handbook, pass those along to John Morello so that he might correct them.  Our two Academic Catalogs are now finished, and available on line.  Each of these will also be available in a printed version.  Print copies will be ready in mid-August. The Undergraduate Academic Catalog includes information on all undergraduate programs, including the two adult degree completion programs (the BLS and BPS degrees).  All of the University’s Graduate Programs are now outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

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