Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2009

Regents approve realignment of KU School of Fine Arts

January 15, 2009


The Kansas Board of Regents Thursday morning approved Kansas Universty’s proposed reorganization of fine arts programs.

The university is proposing several shifts, including closing the School of Fine Arts and creating a new School of Music and a separate School of Arts under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Some regents questioned whether the affected degree programs would still enable graduates to perform well in the job market.

Provost Richard Lariviere said that KU had consulted with alumni and other players in the field before making the proposal, and was confident the degrees would be received well on the open market.

The requirements and course work would not change for the degree programs.

"Any change of this sort at the university causes some level of anxiety," Lariviere said.

Regent Dan Lykins asked Lariviere if the program shift would result in any cost savings.

Lariviere said that while the program may generate some savings, it would be marginal.

"The good news is that it's not going to cost the state any more money to be more effective," he said.


yourworstnightmare 9 years, 5 months ago

This is a good move. KU would benefit from an extension of these reorganizations. The natural sciences should now be reorganized into a College of Science, and the humanities and arts should comprise a College of Arts and Humanities.Sciences and arts/humanities have very different academic cultures and are "apples and oranges". It does a disservice to both to be included in a single College of Arts and Sciences.Arts and Sciences colleges are a bit of an anachronism, and a College of Science would recognize the increased stature of science in modern universities primarily due to the large amounts of outside money brought in to the university by science departments.

SeaFox 9 years, 5 months ago

@yourworstnightmareYou feel there should be a separate College of Sciences established due to the "different academic culture" but as an art student, I must point out the exact same thing is true of fine arts. Making the School of Fine Arts part of CLAS is a big mistake and pretty much cements me going somewhere else for my arts degree.

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