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Utah State University Creates New College

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

USU theater production

The Caine School of the Arts is becoming the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. The Department of Theatre Arts is included. Strong production values are a hallmark for USU, including the recent production "Issun Boshi," seen here.

A new college was born today at Utah State University.
USU is now moving forward to establish a new college, the Caine College of the Arts, following approval Friday, Jan. 15, by the Utah State Board of Regents. The action followed earlier approval by USU’s Board of Trustees.
The action will restructure USU’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences into two units — the Caine College of the Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The plan becomes effective July 1, 2010.
USU President Stan L. Albrecht discussed the option of creating a new college during his first-ever State of the University address in September 2009.
“Support for the arts is a deep and historic tradition at our university and in the larger community,” Albrecht said. “We have developed strong programs in music, art, theater and design. We have created an outstanding collection in the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art and recently constructed the extraordinary Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall. Our programs in several areas are unsurpassed.”
At that time, Albrecht emphasized the long-standing traditions in the arts, but highlighted the opportunity to further capitalize on the programs’ strengths to create programs of even greater excellence.
The move will benefit both areas from the previous college.
“The unified College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences has been a pillar of academic programming at Utah State University, with countless accomplishments and outstanding community relations,” Executive Vice President and Provost Raymond T. Coward said. “The new structure will foster the development of a stronger identity for each of the distinct disciplines within the arts, humanities and the social sciences.”
The existing College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences was the largest on the USU campus, with twice the number of departments as the next largest academic college. With two separate and smaller colleges, administrative challenges associated with the program diversity is addressed.
Plans to develop a new arts college at USU began in summer 2009. Discussions were held during 10 meetings that included the president, executive vice president and provost and varying groups of faculty, staff, students and the steering committee of the current college. The meetings, in addition to one-on-one discussions with donors and alumni, explored the advantages and disadvantages of various configurations, ultimately resulting in the restructuring proposal.
The new organizational structure emphasizes several goals, including enhancing regional and national visibility of the programs by focusing on the distinct strengths in the now smaller colleges. Modest growth in student enrollment is expected as a result of the increased visibility and growing reputations of the respective new colleges. Outside funding opportunities are expanded, and each distinct discipline will be represented at the administrative level. The Caine College of the Arts will be represented with a new seat with the USU Council of Deans.
USU will begin a search for a dean for the new Caine College of the Arts immediately.
While details of the exact configuration of the new college are being finalized, proposed departments and programs in the Caine College of the Arts include the Department of Art; Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning; Department of Music; Department of Theater Arts; Interior Design Program and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will include the Department of English; Department of History; Department of Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication; Intensive English Language Institute; Department of Aerospace Studies; Department of Journalism and Communication; Department of Military Science; Department of Political Science; and the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology.
Albrecht emphasized that while the larger college now exists as two smaller units, the benefits are many, and the collaborative efforts between programs and departments will continue.
In the early days of development in northern Utah, Cache Valley was often referred to as the “Athens of the West” for the extensive cultural activity in the valley and the strong support of the arts.
“With the Caine College of the Arts, we are reconfirming our cultural roots and continued support of the arts,” Albrecht said. “We look to a bright future with our extraordinarily talented students and first-class faculty.”
Writer: Patrick Williams, 435-797-1354,
Contact: Raymond T. Coward, 435-797-1167,

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