U department shuttering in 2016

The Postsecondary Teaching and Learning department will be spread throughout CEHD.

Anne Millerbernd

The University of Minnesota will close its Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in two years, school officials announced Tuesday.

The department’s programs, staff and faculty members will be disbursed throughout the College of Education and Human Development and continue “under different administrative structures” beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, according to an email announcement from the CEHD dean, Jean Quam.

“The current complement of PsTL faculty and staff will provide for the best possible realignment across the college,” Quam said in the email sent to the
department’s students and faculty and staff members.

After the Board of Regents voted in 2005 to eliminate a few University colleges, including the General College, the University created the PsTL department, which serves many of the same functions.

The department has more than 40 faculty and staff members. CEHD students spend two semesters in the department’s First-Year Experience program, which acclimates students to the University.