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Colleges to consider collaboration Carlisle to appoint review committee

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 10 - October 27, 1994

University Provost Fred Carlisle will appoint a committee to review future collaboration or possible merger of the colleges of Education and Human Resources.

Indicating a desire to facilitate discussion, Carlisle said in a letter to deans Wayne Worner and Peggy Meszaros, "With President Torgersen's endorsement, I would like to appoint a joint committee of faculty members from the two colleges to begin serious discussions about further collaboration. I have no specific outcomes in mind, but I do expect serious discussion.

Worner supports the provost's call for discussion of intercollegiate collaboration. "The problems of education are so complex that we cannot address them alone," he said. "We need all the friends we can get, and welcome the opportunity to work more closely with Human Resources, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, as a bridge between higher education and the public schools."

Meszaros, dean of the college, said, "The College of Human Resources welcomes the opportunity to talk collaboratively with the College of Education, and other colleges on campus."

The memo continues, "I will ask the committee to review past cooperation between the colleges, to discuss future collaborations, and also to consider merger quite sincerely. Initial discussions about program collaboration might well focus on 1) Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, 2) Counseling/Student Personnel Area and Marriage and Family Therapy, 3) other programs related to home, family, and school, and 4) research methods. "

Carlisle expects an interim report by March 1, 1995, and a final report no later than April 15, 1995. In his memo, Carlisle indicated satisfaction with the progress of restructuring efforts to date. Referring to the far-reaching proposals in the College of Education plan Carlisle said, "In a real sense, the faculty is reinventing programs in education."