NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Loyola University New Orleans announced a plan to restructure its academic programs.
School officials say the restructuring is more than a year in the making. A committee has been formed to implement the new college structure by fall 2016.
"This new structure aligns our academic programs more efficiently to better serve our students and our community," said Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes. "All in all, this restructuring is the first of many steps we are undertaking to achieve the overarching goal of our new strategic plan, Transforming Loyola 2020: to create at Loyola a truly collaborative, learning-centered community for both students and faculty."
Under the new structure, Loyola will:
- Restore a College of Arts and Sciences to include existing departments from the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, with the additions of Sociology, Criminal Justice, Political Science and the School of Mass Communication.
- Create a College of Graduate and Professional Studies, to include the School of Nursing, the Department of Counseling, the Loyola Institute for Ministry, and the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies.
- Dissolve the existing College of Social Sciences
- Retain the existing College of Music and Fine Arts
- Retain the existing College of Business
- Retain the existing College of Law
The existing Colleges of Music and Fine Arts, Business, and Law will remain unchanged.
Specifics on placement of individual academic units in the new structure can be viewed at Loyola's website.