UConn’s School of Engineering to become college
31 Oct 2023
By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
The University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering is being elevated to college status as of Nov. 1.
The university’s Board of Trustees approved the change at a meeting in September.
“Elevating the School of Engineering to the College of Engineering will enhance UConn Engineering’s external profile, streamline operations internally, and allow for future growth,” said Anne D’Alleva, UConn’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
There will also be two internal changes, with two departments becoming schools.
The current Department of Computer Science and Engineering will become the School of Computing. The Department of Mechanical Engineering will become the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering.
UConn students can take courses in a variety of engineering sectors, from chemical to civil, materials science, environmental, electrical, computer, biomedical and biomolecular engineering.
No additional funding or positions are associated with the changes.
Academic requirements of currently enrolled engineering students, who number more than 3,600 undergraduates and 900 graduate students - will remain the same.
Credentials of alumni who graduated when the college was still the School of Engineering will also remain unchanged.
Demand for engineers in Connecticut remains high, and this demand has driven growth in the school’s enrollment, degree offerings, curricula, industry partnerships, and research impact in recent years, according to UConn.
Kazem Kazerounian, dean of the School of Engineering, said of the need to elevate the school to college status, “As higher education evolves, and the diversity and size of our programs increase, it has become clear that this transition is timely and essential for our continued growth and success.”
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