The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved a proposal that will merge the University of New Orleans’ College of Liberal Arts with the College of Education and Human Development. The plan was endorsed by the faculty in both colleges during a college-wide vote in January. The merged college will be known as the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development.
The merger will result in cost savings, greater administrative efficiency and new opportunities for collaboration across traditional academic boundaries, according to UNO President-Elect John Nicklow. No academic programs will be altered due to the merger.
“This merger represents an administrative reorganization that will allow the University to put our resources where they matter most, which is into the classroom.” Nicklow said.
The College of Education and Human Development has three academic departments and 22 full-time faculty members; the College of Liberal Arts has 11 academic departments with 111 faculty members. The merger, Nicklow said, will result in a more robust, unified college, benefiting students and faculty from the individual colleges.
“In addition to achieving a more efficient structure, one of the chief advantages of this merger will be the ability to develop interdisciplinary and academic opportunities that otherwise may have gone unexplored,” said Kevin Graves, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Development. “It will position all disciplines within the college to cooperate more easily for some new and exciting initiatives. In the final analysis, the direct beneficiary of this merger is the students.”
The merger will officially take effect on July 1, 2016.