There would be significant advantages and disadvantages to merging the CLA and College of Sciences (CS) at WSU, said Mike Griswold, CS dean.
Within the larger context of AAU aspiration, the CLA is looking at its own configuration and making changes that have been discussed for years. For example, CLA recently made music and theater arts separate departments.
Such independence was reviewed Monday, Oct. 22, by four communication school deans — from the universities of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon — who visited the Murrow school. The deans considered an in-depth self-study of the school completed by a WSU task force last spring, and they spoke with faculty and administrators.
• They viewed the evidence as supportive of increased independence for the Murrow school.
• They supported keeping all aspects of the school intact.
• They indicated the school is worthy of significant investment so it can reach its potential. With sufficient infrastructure, Austin said, the school could attract money from extramural grants, contracts and outside donations.
Lear described committee work on college reconfiguration, program priorities and budgets, and the strategic plan as “several paths leading to July 1, 2008.” The study groups and timing involved include:
Dan Bernardo, CAHNRS
Ruth Bindler, nursing
Tori Byington, graduate school
Ken Casavant, co-chair, economic sciences
Tom Dickinson, physics
Mary Doyle, co-chair, vice provost
Linda Fox, extension
Cathy Fulkerson, institutional research
Joan King, budget office, ex-officio
Erich Lear, liberal arts
Don Lynch, WSU Tri-Cities
Terry McElwain, animal disease/diagnostic lab
David McLean, engineering
Jim Petersen, research
Brian Pitcher, WSU Spokane
Jane Sherman, provost’s office
Dawn Shinew, teaching and learning
Matt Skinner, provost and budget offices
Lynn Valenter, WSU Vancouver