Your opportunity to craft the MSU Denver of the future
Early Bird - October 29, 2018
Faculty and staff are invited to provide feedback on potential realignment structure pros and cons, modifications and other issues.
The possible realignment of academic departments has long been a topic of conversation on the MSU Denver campus. Throughout her 2017 listening tour with faculty, staff and students, President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., noted that realignment as a means of leveling academic loads, better reflecting and marketing the University’s mission, increasing enrollment and retention, and supporting individual departments’ grant writing and development efforts was a recurring theme.
Following a five-month data-gathering process on the value and possible structure of an academic department realignment, the President’s Advisory Council on Academic Excellence and Student Success amassed a wide variety of responses via interviews, surveys and focus groups conducted with deans, chairs and directors as well as with faculty, staff and students. Specific ideas were further examined in a design-thinking workshop and in a deep dive with President Davidson.
These ideas ultimately boiled down to four potential realignment proposals:
Maintain the University’s current college structure but create three schools within the existing CLAS
Expand the College of Education
Establish five colleges, including four balanced colleges with a separate College of Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Establish seven colleges, including six smaller colleges with a separate College of HEAT
Following the presentation of these four proposals in September, Provost Vicki Golich, Ph.D., invited further comment from both academic departments and Student Services units.