The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved the creation of seven schools as the first phase of the SIU-Carbondale academic reorganization plan.
Interim Chancellor John Dunn says the schools, which will initially report to the provost's office pending ultimate assignment to an academic college, are:
- School of Biological Science, bringing together programs in biological sciences, microbiology, plant biology and zoology.
- School of Applied Engineering and Technology, bringing together programs in technology and information systems and technologies (electronic systems technologies and technical resource management).
- School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, bringing together programs in geography, environmental resources and geology.
- School of Health Sciences, bringing together programs in allied health (dental hygiene, health care management, mortuary science and funeral service, physical therapist assistant, radiologic sciences and nursing, pending the program’s approval by the IBHE) and the Rehabilitation Institute (communication disorders and sciences, rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation services).
- School of Justice and Public Safety, bringing together programs in criminology and criminal justice, paralegal studies and public safety management.
- School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, bringing together programs in psychology and behavior analysis and therapy.
- School of Computing, including computer science programs.
Dunn says in order to launch the schools on July 1st as planned, the university must establish working groups, hire leaders for the schools and assess the staff structure to increase efficiency.