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Academic Structure Evaluation Goals and Timeline


As we head into the summer, we want to share information about the schedule and process for our campus evaluation of our academic structures. We have a bold and exciting strategic vision with goals developed by our campus community. We now need to be sure we are organized in the best way to advance the goals of that vision.

Are we organized to be nimble and innovative? To effectively create curriculum that meets workforce needs? To provide a sense of belonging and a high-quality Volunteer experience for a diverse student body? To provide resources that enhance and support faculty research and teaching? To be the modern R1 land-grant university of the future?

This is the timeline for moving forward:

June–July. This summer we will continue to gather data as well as soliciting, evaluating, and reviewing feedback in order to present informed specific proposals at the start of the academic year for engagement with faculty before any decisions are made.

August–September. We will present specific affinity and overlay proposals and engage the campus community about them.

October. After engaging with the campus community about specific options, we will make decisions about any changes to the academic structure and begin implementation planning.

This is an exciting time. We believe our campus community has the courage and commitment to think big and together create a modern R1 land-grant university with impact recognized around the world for its discoveries, its creative expression, and its world-class education. We will continue the work to nurture and sustain a community driven by Volunteers who are supported, fulfilled, and known for being the best at what they do anywhere in the world.

Donde Plowman

John Zomchick
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor