Southern Illinois University Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has released the second draft of his proposal to revitalize academic programs at the university.
Montemagno says he has received feedback on his first draft from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members and from that feedback he has made a few changes.
Some changes include the School of Integrated Biological Sciences changing to the School of Biological Sciences with programs taught by School of Medicine Faculty. Anatomy has been removed from this school and Zoology has been added.
There is a proposal to start a School of Sustainability and Earth Sciences with future programs in Ecology and in Fisheries and Wildlife Management.
But one issue the Chancellor has not budged on, is the elimination of the word "department." Instead, the term would be replaced with "division," and along with that change, department chairs will be eliminated. However, he says he's open to finding a way to return to the departments in the future.
The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council will formally weigh in on the proposal before a final version is released in the spring.