Pennsylvania College of Technology will roll out a reorganized academic affairs in Fall 2013 as it will move from eight schools to six.
The process, which started in Summer 2012, will be completed just over a year later. It will be put in place July 1.
The six schools will be:
Business and hospitality;
Industrial, computing and engineering technologies;
Transportation and natural resources technologies;
Construction and design technologies; and
Sciences, humanities and visual communications.
Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost, said the college had many discussions with a variety of interested groups, including students and deans.
During the conversations, he said, it became obvious that the college didn't only need to be prepared for change but pursue it to ensure the success of its programs. The needed move to fewer colleges will "streamline" Penn College's operations and programs.
"We needed to be leaner," Starkey said.
Although some in a different capacity, the eight deans were promised by the college that they would remain employed. Sharon Waters, currently the dean of health sciences, will move to an associate dean position in the school and Mary Sullivan, currently the dean of natural resources management, will be the executive director of the Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.
When discussing the possibilities, college president Davie Jane Gilmour said they looked at how programs could best collaborate and use similar resources.
"We looked at what made the most sense," Gilmour said.
Starkey said recommendations ranged from two schools to six. Gilmour wanted a quick turnaround in order to create the best opportunities for students, she said.
"This is a 'rip-the-Band-Aid-off' type of restructuring," Starkey said on the aggressive approach.
Gilmour expects physical changes on campus to begin after graduation and to be done by the beginning of August at the latest. Things such as signage need to be changed along with the reorganization.
"Everything will be ready," she said.
Starkey added that there will be logistic changes, as well.
"Everything changes," he said. "The registrar changes. The programming changes. Admissions have seen a huge amount of changes."
In other news, the board approved the purchase of a property at 201 Maynard St. Gilmour said there would be more details on how it would be used later but did say the college intends to raze the building.