What's the difference between a faculty and a school?
At Rutgers University—Newark, it's a distinction with a significant difference.
The Board of Governors of Rutgers approved changing the name of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences—Newark (FAS-N) to the School of Arts and Sciences—Newark (SAS-N) as of Aug. 1.
It may seem like a small change, but FAS-N Dean Jan Ellen Lewis said it's a big deal both within and outside the university community.
“As Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark, we are one of only two units at Rutgers that calls itself a ‘faculty’ rather than a school or college,” Lewis said.
“Every other unit at Rutgers is known as a school," she said. "Our anomalous nomenclature makes us unintelligible within Rutgers and renders incoherent our identity and organizational structure both within Rutgers and without. Changing our name will, without changing our configuration, bring our identity into alignment with the rest of the University and make internal and external communication of our identity clearer and more coherent.”
The change will align the name with the other schools of Rutgers University-Newark. SAS-N will comprise two undergraduate colleges of matriculation, the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College-Newark, along with the faculty. The existing Newark College of Arts & Sciences and University College-Newark will remain unchanged and continue to live under the SAS-N umbrella.
With nearly 40 undergraduate majors, the Newark College of Arts & Sciences provides opportunities for academic exploration in a wide range of studies from studio art to neuroscience.
The largest of the schools at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N), it enrolls more than 60 percent of the undergraduates at RU-N. University College-Newark offers undergraduate degrees in the arts and sciences to part-time and nontraditional students.
The school’s faculty voted in favor of the name change at a regularly scheduled faculty meeting on April 19, 2017. There was no objection and general consent to the proposed name change. Chancellor Nancy Cantor also approved the change.
On July 11, 2018, the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs reviewed the proposal and recommended its approval by the Board of Governors.