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UC Announces University-Wide Reorganization

Date: May 24, 2002
Contact: Greg Hand
Phone: (513) 556-1822
Photo by Dottie Stover
Archive: General News

As part of an ongoing effort to serve students better, the University of Cincinnati has proposed the broadest, most comprehensive reorganization of its colleges and academic programs in a hundred years. Provost Anthony J. Perzigian, left, next to President Joseph Steger

The proposal, according to Anthony J. Perzigian, UC senior vice president and provost, will improve service to students, help more students graduate successfully, strengthen the liberal arts, encourage innovative academic offerings, and recognize that universities today must operate around-the-clock and provide life-long learning. While most of the proposed changes will take place in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Evening & Continuing Education, and University College, the effects will be felt throughout most of UC's undergraduate colleges and academic programs.

"Not quite a hundred years ago, the University of Cincinnati invented cooperative education, which enabled us to build strong professional schools that continue to excel," Perzigian said. "Today, we turn our focus to students at either end of the preparedness spectrum -- the well-prepared student, and the student who needs extra preparation to succeed in a challenging academic setting."

UC President Joseph A. Steger said the proposal, called Collegiate Structures, recognizes that higher education must evolve to serve students in the new century.

"We have been building a campus at the University of Cincinnati that recognizes what our students have told us," Steger said. "Our students no longer think of college as something to do from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our students no longer think in terms of traditional academic departments. Our students want to be challenged, because they know they will face many challenges after graduation. And, they want us to be prepared to meet their educational needs for the rest of their lives."

Over the next year, the university will prepare a detailed action plan, but the initiative's goals are in place. They include:

  • strengthen the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences with a strong focus on liberal arts;

  • expand opportunities for well-prepared students and honors students;

  • expand opportunities for adult learners in all colleges;

  • improve the university's access mission by providing more assistance and guidance to under-prepared students and undecided students;

  • build flexibility in academic programs to help students succeed;

  • encourage entrepreneurial activity and innovative academic programs;

  • streamline academic programs and bureaucracy to remove duplication; and

  • ensure that each of UC's colleges has a clear and focused mission.

    Perzigian noted, for example, that while there was once a need for a separate night college serving a different student population, today's students see education as an activity that goes on around the clock.

    "English literature shouldn't be any different at 8 p.m. than it is at 8 a.m.," Perzigian said, "because the students have the same capabilities and goals."

    The University of Cincinnati recently joined 375 universities in a campaign by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to strengthen liberal education. President Steger said that UC's proposal requires a strong liberal arts college.

    "Business leaders continually call for college graduates who have the analytical and creative capabilities provided by a liberal education," he said. "By concentrating the liberal arts in one college that delivers instruction day and night, from entry?level to completion, we will strengthen the place of the liberal arts at UC and bring heightened attention to the core liberal arts values and experience that UC wants to promote."

    Perzigian said that work on an action plan to put the proposals in place would begin immediately.

    More background on the Collegiate Structures proposal.

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