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The University of Toledo Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved a planned reorganization intended to elevate the stature of UT and prepare it for the future.

In presenting his proposal to the board, UT President Lloyd Jacobs said the proposed plan will build synergy and creativity and is a student-centered plan for a student-centered university.

“If we do this, the synergy I believe is great,” he said. “The energy will make it worth it. The creativity will make it worth it. The ability to hear voices in the organization will make it worth it.”

The reorganization plan includes structuring UT into colleges, schools and departments while maintaining the position of centers and institutes throughout the institution.

The final proposal included several changes from what was first discussed Sept. 24 at a Strategic Planning Committee meeting.

A new College of Innovative Learning will include the areas of adult and lifelong learning, Learning Ventures, libraries and First-Year Experience. Previously, the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning was to be a separate entity, and library and learning systems were grouped with the College of Graduate Studies, which now stands alone and remains unchanged.

The colleges approved include:

  • College of Business and Innovation;
  • Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service;
  • College of Engineering;
  • College of Graduate Studies;
  • Honors College;
  • College of Innovative Learning;
  • College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences;
  • College of Law;
  • College of Medicine and Life Sciences;
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics;
  • College of Nursing;
  • College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Schools were created within the College of Innovative Learning, College of Engineering, and College of Medicine and Life Sciences, with Jacobs noting deans will create additional schools as appropriate. He encouraged cross-disciplinary schools.

In response to questions about the cost of implementing the new plan, Jacobs said that at least the first phase of reorganization will not increase operating costs. The president also said he does not anticipate layoffs or position eliminations in direct response to the new organizational structure of the University.

The board in its resolution expressed gratitude to Jacobs for his thorough and thoughtful response to its direction and directed the president to begin the reorganization process as soon as possible with an implementation strategy that engages relevant stakeholders.

Trustees Chairman William C. Fall noted some concerns about the perceived fast timeline of the reorganization, but said that this has been in motion since at least the merger of The University of Toledo and the former Medical University of Ohio. He said he is confident that Jacobs and an implementation team will work with diligence, respect and good listening to achieve these changes and move the University forward.

“I’m very confident in Dr. Jacobs’ style in achieving an end result that will make us all proud,” Fall said.

UT Trustee Linda Mansour said she was at first apprehensive about a reorganization as a new trustee without the historical context, but said by reviewing the plan and what other universities are doing around the world that UT needs to make a change.

“I’m excited about what can happen here,” she said.

Faculty will be instrumental in implementing this plan, Jacobs said, and it is his hope that the process will re-energize creativity and synergy at the University.

Multiple work groups, which will be co-led by an administrator and faculty members, will be established to work through the multitude of details and decisions to implement the reorganization, Jacobs said. The entire process will continue to be part of the University’s strategic planning effort.

3 responses to “Trustees approve University reorganization”

  1. Charles Armstrong says:

    I find it interesting that, more than a year ago, the BOT directed president Jacobs to plan a reorganization of the Univesity. How is it possible that he never found the time to discuss his “plans” for the CHHS with the faculty or administration of that college. And, what is so “innovative” about a combined COE and CHHS? That’s exactly what we had prior to 1999 when the CHHS was formed……and it wasn’t working! The president’s plan shows no evidence of logic (i.e. divide the A&S college into three to make them smaller and more focused…….combine the COE and CHHS into one college that is larger than the present A&S). And, his fialure to engage the faculty in any of the discussions of the pros/cons of a merger shows an amazing lack of respect for the faculty and their understanding of what is in the best interest of the students and the university as a whole. Unfortunately, the BOT confuses Dr. Jacob’s impulsive unilateral decision-making with strong creative leadership. I am afraid that OUR university is in for a very rough time in the months and years ahead.

  2. Eric Johnson says:

    Why would anyone imagine that a College of Visual and Performing Arts–which will house departments traditionally underfunded and grossly ignored, especially by the present administration–will be any better funded than those departments were when within the College of Arts and Sciences? Even the name, College of Visual and Performing Arts, implies a division with the arts, with the department with the prime real estate appearing first. Surely someone could have been “student-centered” enough to inquire regarding student–or (GASP!) faculty–ideas for the name of the college, rather than allowing the name to be chosen by someone who has avoided contact with the artistic efforts of the aforementioned departments.

    In the articles which have appeared recently in the Blade, the allegedly “student-centered” president, along with the like-minded chair of the BoT, have never seriously discussed students. Indeed the word “student” appears only twice in the article “Lunch with Jake” and four times in “UT must embrace change”. Both op-ed pieces discussed mostly incubators, hospital issues, and movement upward in artificially created rankings. One wonders if anyone on the BoT has even spoken to a student, a staff member, or a professor, or read the Independent Collegian, or the Arts and Sciences Blog; or has anyone from BoT asked the president what were the pressing problems that cried out for reorganization.

  3. Richard Francis says:

    I have not seen where the Department of Economics fits in. I suppose it is considered a social science, and gees with College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences?