LINCOLN — Two University of Nebraska-Lincoln colleges will combine into one, UNL officials said Tuesday.
Steve Smith, spokesman for UNL, said consolidating the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the College of Architecture will help attract new students and external funding, as well as create new programs.
The merger is not tied to UNL's $4.6 million budget deficit, announced by Chancellor Harvey Perlman last week, Smith said.
He said the two colleges have an “obvious connection” in a number of design programs. Smith said he expects new programs to be added but was unsure of details.
“This is going to be a year-long process,” he said. “It involves faculty, staff and students.”
Faculty and staff from both colleges are expected to create a plan for the new college by July 1, 2015. Smith said.
Charles O'Connor, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, said that so far, staff members seem positive about merger, which is still subject to final approval by the NU Board of Regents.
O'Connor will be the dean of the new combined college.