OGDEN -- The Weber State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a proposal to restructure and rename two of its departments.
The proposal will go before the Utah Board of Regents within the next few months. Board of Regents approval is required before any changes can go into effect.
If the proposal is approved, Weber State's Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology will become the Department of Engineering, offering bachelor's degrees and pre-engineering programs. The WSU Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering would become the Department of Engineering Technology and would take over a degree program called Electronics Engineering Technology, formerly part of the CEET department.
Weber State also would stop offering Computer Engineering Technology degrees, although current students will be allowed to complete their CET degrees.
Eliminating CET degrees would fulfill a promise WSU made to the Board of Regents when applying for approval of the electronics engineering degree.
Proposal drafters say the restructuring should have minimal effect on enrollment and will not require the hiring of any new faculty members or staff.
If approved, planners believe, the restructuring would make both departments more effective, give them higher visibility and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary projects.