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Since assuming the presidency Dr. Edwards has challenged us to think about the future of Wright State University. Defining who we are, what we are and what we offer will shape our path forward as a university. As communicated previously, our underlying financial situation has been exacerbated by COVID-19. The original timeline envisioned for moving through this process has been shortened. As a result, Wright State University must take decisive action now to sustain campus operations and continue to fulfill our commitment to serving our students, our region, and the state of Ohio.
In the spirit of innovation and collaboration, Wright State has embraced the opportunity to reorganize and consolidate many of our academic units and programs, concentrating the university's strengths to meeting the evolving needs of our region. This multidisciplinary effort will reinvigorate our university, provide stability for our community, and form a foundation for fiscal sustainability.
A preliminary plan was created with input from our college deans, and has been shared with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and department chairs across campus. The Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Lake Campus are not part of this preliminary re-organization plan.
Please review the included schematic of the preliminary plan. The underlying goals were to strategically enhance collaborative research and teaching as we meet the region’s needs. This plan consolidates six existing colleges and one school (SOPP) into four colleges, and re-organizes many existing academic departments, some becoming larger academic structures.
These proposed changes include:
- Creating the previously announced new health college
- Combining most of the units in the Colleges of Science and Mathematics and Engineering and Computer Science into a new STEM college
- Reorganizing the departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts
- Continuing to assess the Raj Soin College of Business departments for organizational efficiencies
Brian Rigling, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will serve as the point person for this monumental and critical effort. Rigling has been instrumental in university academic program reviews; the results of that effort provide a fact-based and strategic foundation for future-looking decisions. He will now coordinate a committee process to review and incorporate your feedback, preparing a final organizational plan for my consideration.
Please take some time to review this draft plan and use the form below to submit your comments by August 4, 2020. To reiterate, final decisions have not been made and your opinion does matter – please take the time to participate in this historic process of plotting Wright State’s future.
Interim Provost Douglas Leaman
Please note: Multiple listings are intentional. Some disciplines may contribute to more than one future department.