NCU Unveils Formation of Colleges and Schools within the University

Date: March 22, 2011 - 3:17pm
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Minneapolis, MN- North Central University is pleased to announce the formation of four new Colleges within the University to better support its current program offerings and continued program growth. The College of Ministry, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Missions have been formed, and current academic departments have been placed under the leadership of these Colleges – either as Schools or as Departments.

As is fitting an announcement of this magnitude, the Strategic Planning Team and President’s Cabinet have been investigating the possibility of changing North Central University’s nomenclature for several years. Discussions on the renaming of the various entities as colleges and schools, instead of departments, have occurred in various committees, focus groups and Board of Regents meetings.

"As we continued to discuss and develop plans for this monumental step forward, it became clear that the time for this historic announcement had come," said NCU President Dr. Gordon Anderson. "I believe the formation of these Colleges will bring to light the strength and quality that already exists in our programming, as well as pave the way for continued excellence and development."

Among other benefits, the new colleges' structure is anticipated to facilitate a greater sense of identity for North Central students and alumni within their broader area of study. In practical terms, the naming of Colleges and Schools reflects how the various areas function, rather than being made on the basis of size. In an earlier announcement to the University's Faculty & Staff, representatives of the President's Cabinet expressed their view that the historic announcement also reflects the natural growth already happening, indicating that in many ways this formation of the four Colleges is recognition of functions that are already taking place within these areas of programming.

“I strongly believe this move to rename our academic departments with contemporary titles both reflects and validates the exceptional, high-quality education that our students are receiving at North Central University,” said Dr. Thomas Burkman, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “These nomenclature changes will further add to the level of acceptance and recognition of our programs and degrees. There is no question that our students will greatly benefit by moving our University in this direction. I am very excited for them and the institution.”

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