Reinhardt College is bringing to a close its current strategic plan, Celebration 125 - A Strategic Plan for Reinhardt College 2005-2010, and completing the next plan, Excellence at Reinhardt - The 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.
One important strategic change that is being considered is changing the institution's name from Reinhardt College to Reinhardt University.
The College's Board of Trustees voted to change the institution's name to Reinhardt University effective June 1, 2010. Please see below several answers to some frequently asked questions about the change.
Q. Why University?
A: A university traditionally offers a scope and breadth of programming not necessarily provided by a college. The reality is that, with the depth of our programs, the creation of our graduate programs, the comprehensive nature of our professional and liberal arts degrees, and the evolution of our schools into strong academic units, we have grown into an institution that is more accurately described as a university.
Q: Isn't it part of our tradition to be Reinhardt College?
A: Reinhardt started out as Reinhardt Academy, and then became Reinhardt Normal College, Reinhardt Junior College and then Reinhardt College. The institution has a tradition of modifying its name to best describe its mission.
Q: Will this mean a significant change in our academic programming or the organizational structure of the institution?
A: No. For some time, the College has been operating with five academic deans, 40 undergraduate degree programs, a staff structure much like a university and we have recently added graduate programs. The name change is in recognition of what we are today. We will continue to grow and change because we are a dynamic institution of quality.
Q: By becoming a university, does this mean that Reinhardt will become a large campus. Will it mean we will become part of the University System of Georgia?
Changing our name to "university" will communicate more effectively the complex and quality institution we have become and distinguish us from the number of two-year institutions that, over the last five years, have changed their name to utilize the title "college." In addition, the term university more effectively communicates the diversity of our programming as an institution that serves as a center of teaching and research, life-long learning, and in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students for future careers and advanced study.
Q: What advantage is there in making the name change?
A: Changing our name to "university" will communicate more effectively the complex and quality institution we have become and distinguish us from the number of two-year institutions that, over the last five years, have changed their name to utilize the title "college." In addition, the term university more effectively communicates the diversity of our programming as an institution that serves as a center of teaching and research, life-long learning, and in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students for future careers and advanced study.
Q. Will becoming a university change what we value about Reinhardt?
A: We will remain centered on the education of the whole person in a caring Christian community of challenge. Our commitment to our close and meaningful relationship with our students supported by small class sizes and personal experiences will not change.
Q: Will this change be costly?
A: While there will be some costs in changing signage around campus, most stationery, team uniforms, and other representations of our name are purchased yearly so should not create additional costs. Our printed brochures are scheduled to be changed for the academic year 2010-2011 whether the name change is made or not. Our electronic communications change at no costs. Faculty and staff would require new business cards.
Q: By becoming a university, does it imply that a large tuition increase can be expected?
A: No. Minimal increases in tuition reflect the nature of higher education and are not driven by college or university status.
Q: Will this change the institution's relationship with the United Methodist Church?
A. Neither the relationship with the Church, our mission, our Statement of Faith, nor any other policy or procedure of the institution would change with the name change.
Q: Could the graduate programs that are being developed overshadow the undergraduate programs?
A: No. We will remain committed to building both undergraduate and graduate programs. This balance between quality undergraduate and graduate programs will continue to reflect a healthy and vibrant small campus environment.
Q. How will this be decided?
A. This will be a decision of the Board of Trustees. It will be presented to the Board for initial discussion in September. With the Board's permission, we will then organize opportunities for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the College to discuss and offer opinions regarding the name change to Reinhardt University. The Board will meet again on January 26, 2010. Information from the campus and community-wide discussions regarding the name change will be made available to them at that meeting so that they can move forward with their deliberations and decision.
Q. If approved, when will the name change be implemented?
A. The administration would recommend to the Board that the 2010 graduating class would be the last graduating class from Reinhardt College, and on June 1, 2010, Reinhardt University would become the official name of the institution.
Q. As an alumnus of Reinhardt, would I be a graduate of Reinhardt College or Reinhardt University?
A: Either would be proper. If you order a transcript, it would come from Reinhardt University.