School of Polytechnic Studies to Become College of Polytechnic and Agricultural Studies

Department of Computer Science Moving to School of Polytechnic Studies

by News Bureau on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 21, 2011 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved several organizational changes, including moving the Department of Computer Science from the College of Science and Mathematics to the School of Polytechnic Studies, upgrading the organizational classification of the School of Polytechnic Studies from a school to a college and changing the name of the School of Polytechnic Studies to the College of Polytechnic and Agricultural Studies.

These changes will take effect July 1.

The School of Polytechnic Studies currently comprises the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and the Department of Agriculture, said Dr. Ron Rosati, Southeast provost.

Since it was formed, the School of Polytechnic Studies has grown significantly in undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, international student enrollment, academic offerings, grant fund and donation acquisition, and visibility, he said.

“The school has developed a strong positive reputation with local business and political leaders,” Rosati said, adding the organization changes offer several benefits.

Making these changes will increase programmatic strength, collaboration and synergy between the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and the Department of Computer Science. Southeast’s computer science programs and agriculture program also will become more visible, he said.

The renaming of the school recognizes the growth that has occurred in total enrollment, graduate enrollment and programmatic strength of the programs in the School of Polytechnic Studies.

“The improved stature of the unit will assist in recruiting capable administration, faculty and students to the associated academic programs,” Rosati said.

Costs associated with implementing these changes are minimal, he said, adding some laboratory relocations may be implemented.

The proposal was reviewed according to current Faculty Handbook policies and procedures, which included evaluation by the three departments involved and Academic Council. The proposal has been presented to Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association as an information item with opportunity for comment, Rosati said.

“All entities have generally expressed support for the proposal,” he said.

Academic Council also unanimously approved a resolution supporting this proposal.