Elizabeth City State University and Winston-Salem State University will seek unprecedented restructuring of their academic programs and division this week during the quarterly meeting of the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors.
According to pre-meeting materials provided by both universities, ECSU will appeal to combine its Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, and for the outright elimination of its college and school structure. The moves come three months after the school eliminated four underperforming degree programs and merged its colleges of arts and humanities and mathematics, science and technology.
ECSU announced 34 layoffs last week as part of continuing efforts to secure operations in the face of dramatic enrollment decreases.
Winston-Salem State University will seek votes to combine its schools of Education and Human Performance, Business and Economics, and the College of Arts and Sciences to create a College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education. Officials say that the restructuring will not impact accreditation or degree offerings, but will match academic costs with declining enrollment between the schools.
The Board of Governors will meet on April 11.