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CMU President George E. Ross shares decisions for academic organizational review.

Ross releases decisions for academic organizational review

CMU’s president responds to committee recommendations, outlines next steps

Contact: Ari Harris

​Central Michigan University President George E. Ross has released decisions regarding the university's academic organizational review.

In a memo posted online, Ross documented his approval of several recommendations including:

  • Centralization of student advising within the Academic Division.
  • Consolidation of recruiting functions into a single Department of University Recruiting within the division of Enrollment and Student Services.
  • Approval of some adjustments to CMU's responsibility centered management model and direction to revisit some of the other recommendations.
  • Creation of a Provost's Advisory Council, a new senior vice provost for academic affairs and a reduction in the number of direct reports to the provost from 16 to 12.

He also requested further study and consideration of several additional changes to academic units including:

  • Creation of a stand-alone Department of Integrative Public Relations.
  • Transfer of the proposed Department of Communications to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Division of the Department of Counseling and Special Education into different areas.

CMU began the review of academic organizational structure in 2017 – its first such assessment in 20 years.  Led by Senior Vice Provost Ian Davison and guided by three committees, the assessment included college and departmental organization, structure of nonacademic units and teams that directly impact students' educational experience, and CMU's responsibility centered management budget model.

The committees shared their recommendations with the university community throughout the year.  CMU's Board of Trustees reviewed and approved items involving colleges and academic departments during its June 28 meeting. 

In his memo, Ross responded to the recommendations, issued decisions and provided next steps for committees.

"These efforts are vital to our ability to achieve the ambitious goals laid out in our strategic plan: nurturing student success, fostering scholarly activity and strengthening partnerships. I thank everyone who participated in this process and am especially grateful to the committee members for their leadership of this important initiative," Ross said.

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