Academic Restructuring Plan Proposed for Next Gall

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UTSA's proposed academic restructuring will benefit students by strengthening programs, increasing program development, improving academic advising, and attracting and retaining faculty. According to Dr. Guy Bailey, provost and vice president for academic affairs, the proposed academic reorganization will implement a new college structure‹six colleges will replace UTSA's current four. The new colleges will consist of the College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences, and College of Urban Professional Programs. Additionally, division directors will be replaced with rotating department chairs. "That's a transition that will take place over…show more content…
Bailey attributes the vacancies to the very complex and difficult duties of the division directors who often deal with competing interests within the division. Dr. Richard Tangum, architecture, became the latest of a handful of division directors to be replaced. "In this case, I think the lines of communication between this division director and this dean had broken down," said Bailey, stressing the importance of communication between a division director and a dean. Though the change to smaller departments will not eliminate departmental miscommunication and competing interests entirely, Bailey said it would help alleviate problems. Bailey added that the current vacancies of division directors were one factor that lead the committee to suggest a department-based structure. Eventually, many departments, such as communication and education, are scheduled to relocate to the new Academic III Building, proposed to be completed by spring 2003. Concurrently, the department of computer science is scheduled to move to the new Bioengineering Building set to be completed around the same time as the Academic III Building. In addition to restructuring UTSA's colleges, the university is currently searching for 69 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 30 of which will fill new positions. Though the search for new faculty members is underway, Bailey said typically those positions will not all be filled because of the

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