On this page you will find information regarding the Academic Restructuring Process as well as potential models for review.
We welcome your feedback, so please follow the hyperlink for participating in the Restructuring Survey by March 30th.
- Formal Charge to the Council: Our current budget challenges and long-range financial sustainbility, coupled with the charge from the institutional Board of Governors is the catalyst for this discussion. “RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Shepherd University Board of Governors directs the President to implement steps to complete a comprehensive review, in appropriate consultation with faculty and staff, of the academic and administrative structures of the University to improve efficiencies and effectiveness in the operations and management of the University, and to bring recommendations to the Board not later than May 1, 2018. “
- Overarching goal and definition: Academic restructuring involves the realignment of colleges, programs, departments, and schools. The goal of academic restructuring is to find the configuration of academic programs that positions the university to meet the academic needs of its students, to provide opportunities for its faculty, and create ways of enhancing the academic quality of the institution and its financial health.
- Why are we restructuring our academic units?: In addition to the reasons listed above, we know that the landscape of higher education is constantly changing. An adjusted structure will allow us to take full advantage of our academic strengths and provide collaborative opportunities for new and innovative academic possibilities that will prepare our students for careers and their role as model global citizens.
As the committee met and developed models, we were guided by a series of questions related to the benefits of proposed new academic structures:
- How do these structures communicate the relationship between pre-professional and liberal arts education?
- What professional departments/programs might be candidates for specialized schools? Why?
- What would be lost and gained by combining some existing colleges and/or departments?
- What are the implications of structural changes for governance, representation, current policies in the constitution/handbook?
- What are the implications of structural changes for relative emphasis on liberal arts vs. professional programs?
- How does your group’s model differ from the other models or from the current structure? How will this affect implementation of the model?
- How will this realigned academic organizational structure help inform strategic priorities, potential funding, and also master plan initiatives?
- Framing of Questions, comparative research, and development of potential models (October 2017-February 2018)
- Discussion with constituencies (ongoing)
- Formation of recommendations (February 2018)
- Vetting of recommendations (March 2018)
- Campus Meeting (March 26, 2018)
- Presentation to President and at Spring Assembly (April 2018)
- Presentation to the BoG (May 2018 meeting)
Cost Savings Summary: Note: More detailed financial information reviewed by the committee may be provided upon request.