When the Board of Trustees met on June 21, 2013, they designated four large departments as schools, including one within the College of Architecture, Design, & Construction. The Department of Industrial and Graphic Design (DIGD) exceeded the university's criteria for school status, which were based on degrees offered, enrollment, faculty, student credit hours and prominence within their fields. DIGD will now be known as the School of Industrial and Graphic Design!
The reclassification as a school indicates the former departments' level of achievement with a suitable title, and this new identity will allow these schools to compete even more effectively with programs of similar size at peer institutions.
Congratulations on this recognition, School of Industrial and Graphic Design!
Find more information in the news releases cited below:
Summerford, Roy. "Four academic departments gain new identity as schools." The Auburn Report, 28 June 2013, 3.
"Department of Industrial and Graphic Design Becomes School of Industrial and Graphic Design." DIGDNews, Department of Industrial and Graphic Design, 01 July 2013.