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Kustra: New BSU College will help “revolutionize” teaching, learning, community involvement

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Kustra: New BSU College will help “revolutionize” teaching, learning, community involvement

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 20, 2014

What’s being termed “an unprecedented effort” at Boise State University will help redefine and revolutionize teaching and learning, community partnerships and research endeavors, President Bob Kustra announced at his annual State of the University Address Wednesday.

Kustra gave his Address Wednesday morning at the Morrison Center.

The University’s proposed College of Innovation and Design will leverage the speed, collaboration and risk-taking of a start-up, and serve as a university-wide hub to support faculty, students and community members as they work together to face the demands and opportunities in the workplace, according to a BSU news release.

The teams will create pioneering degrees, badges and certificates, as well as design new and innovative approaches to research, community engagement efforts and other initiatives that transcend conventional university boundaries, structures or disciplines, the release said.

“Clearly, we are in an era of redesign in higher education where we need to test new approaches to learning and teaching, find new applications for our degree offerings and research, and foster a culture that will marshal our creativity and innovation,” Kustra stated.

“One of the greatest limitations of the traditional college structure is that each discipline is organized in its own department, an academic framework sometimes difficult to overcome for both students and faculty,” Kustra told those in attendance. “But the College of Innovation and Design will be set up to help break and blur those barriers — to create truly transdisciplinary programs, research projects and more.”

“Science, engineering and art are just facets of the same thing,” said materials science and engineering professor Will Hughes. “If you can engage your research from the eye of an artist, the eye of a scientist, the eye of an engineer, it may allow you to access a broader population with the education or with the ideas that you’re moving forward.”

Boise State leaders plan to take the proposal to the university’s trustees on the State Board of Education this fall.