Columbia College explains proposed shift to schools structure
COLUMBIA - Columbia College said Thursday it is pursuing the possibility of expanding into several schools.
Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple put together a task force to determine if the college was operating as efficiently as possible.
Assistant Director of Public Relations Sam Fleury said "one of the recommendations he got from that task force is the possibility of having the college divided into schools."
Dalrymple took that idea to the faculty, getting mostly positive reaction, according to Fleury. The next step is to take the idea to the board of trustees. They will vote in April.
Columbia College has about 25,000 students between its Columbia campus, online campus, and nationwide locations. The college has one dean.
"That's a lot of administrative work that has trickled down to the faculty. We're trying to open it up for the faculty to do what they do best which is educate and teach," Fleury said.
The potential restructuring could also mean new jobs in Columbia, if the college hires additional faculty and staff. Fleury said it could also mean campus expansion and more students.
"This is kind of the tip of the iceberg as far as what they're trying to accomplish," Fleury said.
The restructuring would mean three new schools at the college. The names or emphases of those schools has not been released.