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Feb. 6, 2007


President, provost seek input before finalizing Health Professions plan

The message the provost and I sent yesterday to campus has raised several questions that we would like to address. Our message appeared to suggest that this discussion was over. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, the message correctly described the current thinking of the president and provost.

We have been asked if the creation of a new College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the dissolution of the Consortium of Professional Schools are a certainty. No. When we announced this recommendation to the faculty and directors of the schools in the consortium last week, we promised a 30-day period for input.

We have always remained open to ideas, suggestions and critiques of proposed initiatives, as constructive feedback only serves to strengthen an end result, whether that end result is the original proposal, a revised one or a new one.

We also have been asked about the administrative process related to the creation of a new college and changes in the consortium. Provost Liz Grobsmith will continue to meet with faculty in the schools of Nursing, Health Professions, Forestry and Hotel and Restaurant Management. The provost and deans also will talk with faculty in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the College of Business Administration—the proposed new homes for Forestry and Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Ultimately, we will enter into a more formal process with written documentation that outlines the total proposal. This would then be discussed formally with the colleges involved, the Council of Deans, the Chairs Council, the Faculty Senate and the President's Cabinet. Finally, we would take the proposed changes to the Arizona Board of Regents.

The provost and I are willing to visit with any group that wishes to share their views related to the reorganization. As stated in the message we sent out yesterday, our intent is to ensure that everyone comes out a winner.

John D. Haeger

Liz Grobsmith
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs