Integration of the broad range of scholarship present in the College of Agricultural, Food and
Environmental Sciences, the College of Natural Resources, and the Food Science and Nutrition
Department provides a host of new opportunities to achieve greater excellence in research,
teaching, and outreach. Our review and discussions over the past three months lead us to believe
that this consolidation will enhance the University’s biological and social science contributions
to the environment, agriculture, human health, food systems, and natural resources. Our key recommendations are summarized below, organized around the five Strategic Areas in
the President’s Repositioning report. These recommendations include having world class faculty
and outstanding students, formation of transitional clusters of departments for development of
synergies and principles for reconfiguration. Such clusters would serve as a platform for
strengthened teaching and outreach efforts and growth in competitive research funding. We also
recommend establishment of a University-wide Institute of the Environment, enhancement of
interdisciplinary efforts with other units, expansion of scholarly activities related to translational
biology, and further development of public engagement.
Documents (final report and executive summary) providing recommendations to develop, organize and position the new College that combines the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; the College of Natural Resources; and the Food Science and Nutrition Department.
Levine, Allen; Phillips, Ronald; Swackhamer, Deborah; Birr, Adam; Cohen, Jerry; Johnson, David; Kapuscinski, Anne; Marshall, James; Polasky, Stephen; Stine, Robert; VandenBosch, Kathryn.
Transforming the University: Final Recommendations of the Task Force on Collegiate Design: CNR, COAFES, CHE.
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