Following a resolution by the Academic Council, the School of Earth and Materials Science and Engineering (EMSE) was recently reclassified as a Department. Starting this first quarter of Academic Year 2009-2010, it will now be called the Department of Earth Science and Engineering (DESE).
The aforementioned reclassification was approved the Board of Trustees of the Institute. As stated in the Standard Practice Guide (SPG) pertaining to the structure and management of academic entities, “An entity is considered a school if it offers at least one baccalaureate degree program, which maintains two or more sections per batch.”
However, the School of EMSE failed to satisfy the required number of sections, resulting to the change in its classification. According to the SPG, “After a considerable number of academic years, if a school has failed to maintain the required number of sections in all its programs, it can be recommended to be reclassified as a department.”
In addition, Material Science and Engineering program was assigned to the School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (ChE-Chm). Thus, undergraduate and graduate programs and service courses related to Earth Science and Engineering will now be offered and handled by the DESE. Courses related to Materials Science and Engineering, however, will be under the School of ChE-Chm.
Courtesy of The New Builder