Reduce the number and composition of College-level units.
Realignment of existing Colleges and Schools to create efficiencies, promote broader programmatic collaboration, and increased interactions between Schools and Colleges.
Strategies and Actions
Reassessing Unit Alignment is accomplished by investigating unit realignments based on groupings identified in the 2030 Implementation Team Report (January 2021) (four realignment pairings) and proposing a conceptual model for realignment. The four realignment groupings are: School of Architecture and Urban Planning and Peck School of the Arts; College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, and Zilber School of Public Health; Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, School of Education, and School of Information Studies; and Graduate School and Office of Research.
Progress to Date
The conceptual model to realign academic units was finalized in Fall 2021 and proposed four new colleges: College of Architecture and the Arts (final – College of Arts and Architecture); College of the Professions (final- College of Community Engagement and Professions), College A (final –Zilber College of Public Health); and College B (final – College of Health Professions and Sciences). Additionally, the proposal recommended the administrative merging of the Graduate School and Office of Research. Governance groups approved the proposal in Fall 2021.
Current efforts are focused on transition planning and implementation with July 2023 targeted as the official effective date for all proposed realignment actions. During the transition period, essential functions, such as business and financial, human resources, student support, information systems, academic and research support, marketing, and School/College governance, are aligned to meet the needs of the new Colleges and Schools.
Key Relationships with Other Teams
Revising Curriculum, Redesigning the Research Infrastructure, Updating the Budget Model
- UWM Academic Affairs Proposal to Realign Academic Units (November 2021)
- Guiding Principles Document
- UWM School College Realignment
- Graduate School and Office of Research Reorganization
Timeline – Synopsis from the Co-Leads
|Spring 2023||The realigned Schools and Colleges – College of Community Engagement and Professions (Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, School of Education, and School of Information Studies); College of Health Professions and Sciences (Biomedical Sciences, Health Care Administration, Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology); Joseph J. Zilber College of Public Health (Zilber School of Public Health and CHS departments and programs in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health Informatics); and the College of Arts and Architecture – continue to work through transition implementation.|
|Fall 2022||Continued implementation of the School/College transition.|
|Continued implementation of the School/College transition.|
|Presented at the Faculty Senate (May 12, 2022). Faculty Senate vote on name – College of Community Engagement and Professions.|
|Transition planning. Guiding Principles document drafted to facilitate staff transition into new organization charts. Internal website established for sharing information with faculty/staff.|
|Proposal at Board of Regents. Transition planning. University Relations establishes School/College Merger Communication Working Group.|
|December 2021||Faculty Senate vote on proposal (December 16, 2021). Transition planning.|
|November 2021||Draft proposal completed – UWM Academic Affairs Proposal to Realign Academic Units Presented at APBC meeting November 11, 2021. Presented at Faculty Senate November 18, 2021. Transition planning underway.|
|Refining proposals. Outlining the governance review process and timelines.|
|September 2021||Developing proposal/conceptual model for school/college realignment.|
|Developing proposal/conceptual model for school/college realignment.|
|Monthly meetings set up and initiated with the implementation team lead (Johannes Britz). Developing proposal/conceptual model for school/college realignment. Breakaway sessions held in July.|