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Penn State reorganization announced

3/25/2005 —

In an effort to streamline administrative functions and improve efficiencies across Penn State's network of campuses, the University will reorganize the structure and administrative responsibilities of the University, especially as they relate to the campuses, effective July 1, 2005. This restructuring will allow Penn State to adjust better to changing demographics and the competitive realities in the coming years, and will position the University to take maximum advantage of the strength and sharing of administrative resources. Highlights of the plan include the consolidation of three senior administrative positions into two new areas of responsibility which specifically relate to the campuses, a new alignment of Penn State's campuses, title changes for the senior campus executives, and policy and structural changes to eliminate administrative overlaps.

Campuses formerly in the Commonwealth College system will become part of the newly formed academic unit, University College, comprised of 14 campus locations reporting to the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. This restructuring and realignment will give greater emphasis to undergraduate education, especially the extensive work done for undergraduates at the local campuses, and will provide a voice for the campuses at the President's Council. 

To foster curricular consistency, current and planned academic programs and changes to those programs will come under the review of the Dean of University College. Consultation and cooperation with other Colleges through their appropriate Deans is required to insure that there is no unnecessary duplication of programs and that there is curricular integrity in all programs. This will also help to ease the process of students changing assignment from one campus to another.

The chief campus administrator of each campus will be called the Chancellor rather than the Campus Executive Officer, in order to convey the academic nature of his/her leadership.

A new position of Associate Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses' Student Services will be established to better meet the needs of campus students by providing them better access to all the University's programs and services.

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