College of Arts and Sciences Will Not Be Pursued

Provost D’Anieri says poll of the Academic Senate convinced him there is not enough support for the idea

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri Photo by Carrie Rosema

UCR Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri said that a poll of the UCR Academic Senate has convinced him that there is not enough support to collapse two of UCR’s large colleges into one College of Arts and Sciences.

“We will bring our discussion of that plan to a close and redirect our energy into other initiatives that will strengthen UCR, such as our faculty hiring plan,” D’Anieri said in a notice to staff and faculty.

He said there is is considerable support for the underlying goal of making sure the people with the most direct contact with the students and the faculty are also deciding how many class sections to open in any particular discipline.

D’Anieri said that soon he will launch searches for new deans for both the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, as well as the College of Natural land Agricultural Sciences.  CHASS Dean Steve Cullenberg resigned last fall, and CNAS Dean Marylynn Yates will serve until the summer.

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