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College merger report goes to provost
December 3, 2007

The six-member faculty committee charged with recommending whether the College of Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts should be merged into a single College of Arts and Sciences sent its report and recommendation to the office of the provost and the president’s office just before Thanksgiving.

John Paznokas, chair of the committee, referred all questions regarding the recommendation to the provost’s office. Provost Robert Bates said earlier this week that he had not yet had time to review the document and was not ready to release it.

Ken Struckmeyer, chair of the Faculty Senate, said he can see arguments on both sides. If merging … » More …

WSU needs more top-50 rankings
November 8, 2007

The last university admitted into the 62-member Association of American Universities was Texas A&M in 2001. In that year, according to the Center for Measuring University Performance, Texas A&M ranked in the top 25 in three AAU-like criteria and in the top 50 in four others.

Membership in the AAU came only three years after Texas A&M announced its intention to become one of the 10 best universities in the country by 2020. That kind of plan and follow through are among the many strategic plans WSU administrators have been studying this fall as they work to move WSU into the top tier of public … » More …

Priorities, budgets, mergers, updates
October 24, 2007

WSU may be going back to the future. It is considering merging the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Sciences, 15 years after the original College of Sciences and Arts was split.


These discussions are occurring at the same time the university ponders refreshing its strategic plan and debates program priorities and budgets. And it’s no coincidence they converge as WSU’s new president Elson S. Floyd is hitting his stride.


“The president is here at an opportune time,” said Erich Lear, dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). “Many of these things have been discussed for the past three years. … » More …

Becoming AAU-like
March 2, 2007

When Elson S. Floyd addressed the university recently as incoming president, he said WSU’s goal of creating a “global, world-class land-grant institution” included building the capability to join the American Association of Universities (AAU).“It’s sort of an elite club,” he noted.Elite, certainly. The 62 members of the AAU (ONLINE @ are America’s most prestigious and influential research universities. Institutions cannot apply to join; membership is by invitation only.“AAU membership defines the benchmarks we seek as a quality institution,” said James Petersen, WSU vice provost for research. “A defined set of criteria has been developed by the AAU to measure the quality of the … » More …