On Wednesday, the Fac­ulty Senate voted 30 to 3 in favor of the pro­posal to restruc­ture the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences into three dis­tinct col­leges. The vote sig­nals strong sup­port for enabling those pro­grams to respond more effec­tively to new oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges through the new structure.

We are mod­ern­izing our aca­d­emic struc­tures to meet the demands of today’s world,” said Uni­ver­sity Provost Stephen Director. “The Fac­ulty Senate’s con­cur­rence is an impor­tant mile­stone. It means that, as North­eastern has always done, the Uni­ver­sity is inno­vating and changing with the times.”

Under the plan—developed following10 months of study and discussion—the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences will be restruc­tured into a Col­lege of Sci­ence, a Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, and a Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design. The Col­lege of Crim­inal Jus­tice will become a school within the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Humanities.

It was impor­tant for the Fac­ulty Senate to vote on this, and it was impor­tant that the senate sup­ported it,” said Senate Agenda Com­mittee chair Steven Mor­rison, chair and pro­fessor in the eco­nomics depart­ment. “I’m looking for­ward to moving ahead with the restruc­turing process.”

The University’s goal is to com­plete the reor­ga­ni­za­tion by July 1, 2010.

Director noted that the col­lege restruc­turing would present a stronger approach as North­east­ern­moves into a hybrid man­age­ment and bud­geting system. The new struc­tures, he said, will “better align aca­d­emic depart­ments that share edu­ca­tional and research goals and approaches, giving them more power to advo­cate for resources and project a clearer iden­tity to the out­side world.”

The pro­posed realign­ment of the aca­d­emic dis­ci­plines includes the following:

• In the Col­lege of Sci­ence: the depart­ments of Biology, Chem­istry and Chem­ical Biology, Earth and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ence, Math­e­matics, Physics, Psy­chology; and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­grams in Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science, Bio­chem­istry, and Envi­ron­mental Studies.

• In the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design: the School of Archi­tec­ture and the School of Jour­nalism; the depart­ments of Art + Design, Music, and The­atre; and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­grams in Inter­ac­tive Media and Cinema Studies.

• In the Col­lege of Social Sci­ence and Human­i­ties: the depart­ments of African Amer­ican Studies, Amer­ican Sign Lan­guage, Eco­nomics, Eng­lish, His­tory, Lan­guages, Lit­er­a­tures and Cul­tures, Phi­los­ophy and Reli­gion, Polit­ical Sci­ence, and Soci­ology and Anthro­pology; the School of Crim­inal Jus­tice and the School of Public Policy And Urban Affairs; and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­grams In Human Ser­vices, Inter­na­tional Affairs, Law, Policy and Society, and Linguistics.

This marks the third col­lege or school restruc­turing at North­eastern in the past twelve years. In 1997, the Col­lege of Nursing was inte­grated as a school into the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences. One year ago, the School of Tech­no­log­ical Entre­pre­neur­ship was inte­grated into the Col­lege of Busi­ness Administration.

To learn more about the restruc­turing of the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences, please visit: http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​c​o​l​l​e​g​e​s​t​r​u​c​t​u​r​e​/​p​d​f​s​/​F​A​Q​.​pdf