AKRON—The University of Akron unveiled new plans for a potential reorganization of some of its colleges, changes that could affect the College of Polymer Science & Engineering.
In a letter to campus, interim president John Green said the proposed changes would help the university create new degree programs in areas of strength, make academic pathways clearer for students, encourage more faculty collaboration and work toward long-term financial stability.
"Today we are challenged by rapid changes in demographics, technology, competitive environments and other factors," he wrote. "Our status quo is not conducive to success under these circumstances, and can no longer serve as a default option."
Green started this conversation in the fall, extending the original deadline to give members of the university community more time to share their thoughts. On March 7, he presented the new proposals to the university's Faculty Senate, and willl present to University Council next week.
The senate will have until its May 2 meeting to provide a response, Green said in the letter, and recommendations are welcome. A proposal could go before the board of trustees at its June 12 meeting.
The current proposal, which notes that the college names are just for discussion purposes, would make the following changes at the university:
- Create a College of Polymer, Chemical, and Biological Sciences that brings together select programs from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, the College of Engineering, the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Applied Science and Technology
- Create a College of Engineering, Science, and Technology that brings together select programs from the College of Engineering, the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Applied Science and Technology
- Turn the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences into the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
- Disperse the programs and faculty in the College of Applied Science and Technology to other colleges
- Create an Innovation College that wouldn't grant degrees, but would focus on supporting initiatives from e-sports to flexible learning options to corporate partnerships