Organizing for Distinction:
Creating a 4th College/School for Cross-
Cutting Academic Programs and Initiatives?
Moderators: Ramona Graves and Jon Leydens – standing in for
Kevin Moore

Workshop Overview
Purpose: We seek comment that can inform a goal of collective
consensus about an organizational structure to enable and
empower cross-cutting academic programs and initiatives.
Workshop agenda:
¨ Overview of motivating aspirations and proposals to date (10 min.)
¨ An interactive “build a new college” exercise (20 min. x 2)

Aspirations: the “MinesPlus” Model
Paul Johnson Quotes:
¤ We need “… to support the programs/people we hope to have in 5-years
(e.g., less stove-piped programs, more common/shared early courses,
individualized discipline + breadth + passion experiences for students…”
¤ “… Imagine if all students had semi-customized degrees built from: a
disciplinary base (foundation) + a cross-cutting concentration (context –
energy, health, etc.) + some highly orthogonal dimension (humanities,
entrepreneurship, social sciences, art, etc.) + critical professional skills
(communications, teamwork, six sigma, business, essential software tools,
etc.)…We can do it…”
¤ Exceptional Students Deserve Exceptional Programs

Aspirations for Distinction
¨ Imagine that we provide students with four
facets of education at Mines:
¤ disciplinary depth
¤ broad professional skills
¤ motivating understanding of the social context
of engineering and applied science
¤ opportunities to explore and pursue their
passion

Aspirational Motivations: Passions Inside
Mines
¨
A group of faculty, led by a group of students, clamoring for “more” around
the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation, start-up incubators,
MakerSpaces, etc.
¨
The growing interest of students, funding agencies, companies, and donors in
the Humanitarian Engineering program, with its emphasis on Corporate
Social Responsibility
¨
A growing effort to create a vertically- and horizontally-integrated approach
to design education in CECS, from EPICS to Capstone, viewing design as a
human-centered, cross-cutting activity
¨
A group of 20 faculty from all over campus who have been meeting regularly
and in retreat to propose
¤
A revamped BSE degree that is cross-cutting, integrative, and flexible
(coming to UGC this fall)
¤
The possibility of a new department called “Engineering and Society

Existing Resources
¨
Isn’t it enough that we already have LAIS…Ethics across the curriculum…Writing
across the curriculum…Humanitarian Engineering…“systems” course…Senior
Design…McBride (and soon extended Honors)…NHV…HASS Electives…ETM, etc.?
¨
Yes, these are important, but it would be a stretch to refer to these experiences as
integrative across the curriculum, immersive, or pervasive.
¨
Some reasons for the mismatch between reality and aspiration are
¤
Natural tension that arises within the limitations of a fixed curricular budget
¤
These cross-cutting experiences are simply not well-supported or honored in an institution whose
organizational and management structure is fundamentally discipline based: we are not inclusive
relative to heterogeneity in discipline
¤
We have not developed a coherent vision for “…what constitutes effective integration, immersion,
and pervasiveness across the undergraduate curriculum”
¤
We have not developed an organizational construct that gives proper priority to these experiences
in our academic landscape

Pieces “at Play” in the Models
¨
Design Education
¨
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I)
¤
EPICS
¨
International Studies
¤
CECS Capstone Design
¨
Online and Professional Education
¤
BSE Degree
¨
Professional Development (faculty/students/staff)
¨
LAIS components
¨
Trefny Innovative Instruction Center
¤
Humanitarian Engineering/Science,
¨
Writing/Communicating across the curriculum
Technology, and Society (STS) – Minor,
possible BS and MS degrees
¨
Math Learning Center
¤
HASS (Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences)
¨
Grand Challenges Scholars Program
¤
IPE
¨
Peace Corp Prep Programs
¨
First Year Experience
¨
Computer Science?
¨
Honors (McBride and Honors Expansion)
¨
Economics and Business?
¨
Interdisciplinary Minors

The Models to Date
¨
“School” Model
¤ No departments
¤ Moves most pieces to new school; moves some to Provost
¨
Administrative College Model
¤ Puts Engineering and Society into CECS
¤ Leaves HASS in CERSE
¤ Moves cross-cutting programs to a “University Programs College”
¨
Middle-Ground Model
¤ Similar to School model, but retains Departments for P&T purposes

“Build a New College” Exercise
¨
Work in groups
¨
Using the materials provided, arrange the pieces in ways that you think make sense
¤ Use blank cards to note things that are not on the list but should be
¤ Assign people, programs, departments, degrees, etc.
to
¤ Provost, New College, or one of the existing colleges
¨
Also think about administrative structure (school versus college, department or not)
YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES

“Move the Squares” Exercise
Entrepreneurship and
Design Education
Peace Corps
Innovation (E&I)
Provost
Prep Program
CECS Capstone
Online and
Grand
Professional
International
Challenges
4th Dimension
Other Capstone
Education
Studies
Scholars
Program
BSE degree
Interdisciplinary Minors
?
Math
CASE
Professional
Learning
EPICS
First-Year
Center
Experience
Development
CECS
(Faculty/Students
Economics and
LAIS Components
?
NHV, HS
Trefny Innovation
Business
CERSE
IPE
Instruction Center
Computer
HASS Dept
(MIPER)
MS Humanitarian Engineering
Science
Other (e.g.,
HASS courses
Engineering and Society Dept.
Others??
Student Life)
Honors
Honors
Writing/Communicating
(McBride)
(non-McBride)
Across the Curriculum


University Programs College (no degree programs,
CECS (degree programs, provides leadership, support
CERSE (degree programs, provides leadership, support
provides leadership, support and oversight of
and oversight for discipline-specific activities)
and oversight for discipline-specific activities)
institutionally important initiatives that broadly
impact students and the quality of education across
campus)
Online Education
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Colorado Geological Survey

Director, Support Staff

DH, Support Staff

Director, Support Staff

Faculty (housed in CASE, CECS, CERSE)

Faculty (housed in department)
Trefny Innovative Instruction Center
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Economics and Business

Director

DH, Support Staff

DD, Support Staff

Support Staff

Faculty (housed in department)

Faculty (housed in department)
Communications Center (aka, expanded Writing Center)
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Geology

Director

DD (EE, CS), Support Staff

DH, Support Staff

Support Staff

Faculty (housed in separate divisions)

Faculty (housed in department)
First-Year Experience
Engineering and Society (HE, BSE, Design, EPICS)
Geophysics

Director

DH, Support Staff

DH, Support Staff

Support Staff

Faculty (housed in academic department)

Faculty (housed in department)
Entrepreneurship
Mechanical Engineering
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Director

DiH, Support Staff

DD, Support Staff

Support Staff

Faculty (housed in department)

Faculty (housed in department)
Professional Development
Mining Engineering

Director

DH, Support Staff

Support Staff

Faculty (housed in department)
Honors
Petroleum Engineering

Director

DH, Support Staff

Support Staff

Faculty (housed in department)

Faculty (mostly in CASE, CECS, CERSE)

IDEAS (academic programs and initiatives that
CECS (degree programs, provides leadership, support
CERSE (degree programs, provides leadership, support
broadly support cross-disciplinary education across
and oversight for discipline-specific activities)
and oversight for discipline-specific activities)
campus)
Design, Engineering, and Society (HE, BSE)
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Colorado Geological Survey

Department Head, Support Staff

Department Head, Support Staff

Director, Staff

Faculty (housed in department)

Faculty (housed in department)
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Economics and Business

Department Head. Support Staff

Department Head, Support Staff

Division Director, Support Staff

Faculty (housed in department)

Faculty (housed in department)

Faculty (housed in department)

Payne Policy Institute
Integrative Programs and Initiatives
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Geology

Support Staff

Division Directors (EE and CS), Staff

Department Head, Support Staff

Faculty (housed in other departments)

Faculty (housed in separate divisions)

Faculty (housed in department)

Includes (each with a Director)
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Mechanical Engineering
Geophysics
• First-Year Experiences

Department Head, Support Staff

Department Head, Support Staff

Faculty (housed in department)

Faculty (housed in department)
Mining Engineering
Strategic Support (administrative initiatives that provide leadership

Department Head, Support Staff
and support of institutionally important activities, reports to Provost)

Faculty (housed in department)
Online Education
Communications Center
Petroleum Engineering

Director, Support Staff

Director, Support Staff

Department Head, Support Staff

Faculty (housed in CASE, CECS, CERSE)

Faculty (housed in department)
Trefny Innovative Instruction Center
Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center

Director, Support Staff

Director, Support Staff