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Date of Publication: 


July 18, 2012 

RE: Health Sciences Realigned with CAUSES

Dear Colleagues,

We all are keenly aware of the need to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our academic programs. As a result, we have decided to realign some of our academic programs to better utilize obvious synergy, which will: (1) improve student learning and training outcomes; (2) enhance research and service opportunities; and (3) expand our ability to pursue additional external funding opportunities.

It is within these ongoing strategic objectives that I am pleased to report the following development: Three programs, Nursing, Health Education, and Gerontology, previously within the College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) Department of Nursing and Health Professions, are moving to the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES). This change is effective immediately.

All three programs are perfectly aligned with existing programs within CAUSES both on the academic and on the land-grant side of the College. Consequently, they will be able to benefit from—and make contributions to—the existing programs of Nutrition Science and Dietetics, Environmental Sciences (especially environmental health), and Urban Sustainability. In addition, all three programs are well positioned to collaborate effectively with the Land-grant centers within CAUSES: the Center for Nutrition Diet and Health; the Center for Sustainable Development; the Center for Family, Youth Development and 4H; and the Water Resources Management Institute.

The fourth program within the department of health sciences, Speech Pathology, will remain in CAS, and will become part of the Center for Urban Education.

We are confident that this change will significantly strengthen all programs involved and enable the University to access additional resources from Federal agencies (including the USDA, EPA and NIH). Faculty and staff members involved have been informed and are excited about the new opportunity associated with this realignment. These moves signal the University’s continuing exploration of collaboration between CAS, CAUSES, and programs within and across our other academic units, building bridges to a more coherent and cohesive institution of higher learning.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Ken Bain, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs