Greetings,I would like to share the following email from the Interim President and Provost. As the administrators have stated the impact on our program will be minimal. I would further like to assure our current and future students that the Communication Disorders Program is poised for growth and continued success. The faculty and staff of the Communication Disorders Program are committed to teaching and learning experiences that will best prepare our students for successful careers as speech-language pathologists. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Kelly A. Kleinhans, Ph.D.
CDI Program Director
All MSU Students:
We would like to take the opportunity to update you on the recent news surrounding the restructuring of our MSU College of Health Sciences and Human Services (HSHS). For the past few months MSU has been working through balancing a budget deficit that occurred as a result of an increase in unanticipated expenses and through reductions in higher education support for the State of Kentucky.
One of the ways we have sought to cover our additional expenses is to reduce the number of administrative/staff positions that we have on campus. So, as a result of this process we are restructuring the College of HSHS and simply having the respective departments report to other renamed colleges.
We want you to know that no academic programs or majors will be eliminated, no faculty/advisors will be eliminated, no student workers will be eliminated, and your academic program and all of your classes/labs will remain in the same building location as they always have been. Similarly, your program will still have the same name, your advisor will be the same person, your faculty will be the same faculty, and your major/diploma will say the same thing – there should be no change that would affect you as a student.
Recently our MSU Academic Council (composed of faculty and student representatives) voted unanimously to move forward with this restructuring. The Council voted to rename two existing colleges/schools to absorb the current HSHS; going forward we will move towards a College of Education and Human Services that will encompass education and all of the human service programs formerly of HSHS, and a renamed School of Nursing and Health Professions that will house nursing and our allied health professions that were formerly in HSHS. The Department of Occupational Safety and Health will not change locations, but will join the Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology since it has close ties with industry and was formerly aligned with this college.
In undergoing this restructuring to lower our administrative expenses we have kept our commitment to not eliminating any academic programs. MSU’s loyalty will continue to be to our students, as well as to our faculty and the academic enterprise – the real reason we are here.
Thank you for your understanding of these changes – they should not affect you, your academic program effectiveness, or your success in any way.
….and thanks for being a Racer!
Tim Miller, Interim President
Jay Morgan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs