recently expanded 46-member committee, made up of administrators, faculty,
staff and students from SPSU and KSU, held its first meeting to begin defining
how the new integrated university would be organized.
At their initial meeting, the ECIC’s members also discussed the development of vision and mission statements for the consolidated university, according to a press release.
The ECIC deliberated a proposed academic structure that might consist of 13 colleges, including:
- Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
- College of Architecture and Construction Management
- College of Computing and Software Engineering
- Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education
- Michael J. Coles College of Business
- WellStar College of Health and Human Services
- College of the Arts
- College of Continuing and Professional Education
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Science and Mathematics
- Graduate College
- Honors College
- University College
“The committee had an excellent discussion of the
direction we might take with academic colleges,” said Kennesaw State University
President Daniel S. Papp in the press release.
“We are definitely mindful of SPSU’s history and outstanding reputation, which will contribute to enhancing the new university’s prestige as a nationally recognized institution. Naming one of the colleges the ‘Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology’ is an excellent way to carry the rich tradition and heritage of SPSU forward.”
Polytechnic President Lisa Rossbacher noted that the preliminary
draft proposal of a college structure for the consolidated university included
four named colleges and the prospect of nine
additional naming opportunities, according to the release.
“The Expanded CIC is off to a good start,” Rossbacher said in the release, “and I expect that we will move forward rapidly with both the structure and vision and mission statements for the consolidated university.”
The planners will continue to meet in coming weeks to shape their proposal. Once the vision and mission statements and the organizational structure for the consolidated university are agreed upon by the ECIC, Papp and Rossbacher will forward the proposal to University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. The vision and mission statement will then be presented to the Board of Regents for its consideration. The Chancellor will review the new organizational structure.
For more information regarding the consolidation process and timeline, visit www.ksuspsuconsolidation.com/.