By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer
Published: 10 August 2012 04:52 PM
The University of North Texas system is considering the reorganization of UNT in Denton and the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth into a single academic institution, according to an announcement made Friday. The UNT Board of Regents will discuss the proposal during its regular meeting Thursday and decide whether to conduct a study on the benefits and disadvantages of the reorganization, Chancellor Lee Jackson said.
...“We haven’t really had that option in Texas, and now that we do, we are going to seriously consider it to see if it will enhance both UNT and the health science center,” Jackson said.
...It could take one to three years to establish this model, depending on accreditation, state budgets and the necessary policy development, he said. The university system will study it for several months, he added. “Most of the major research universities in America are organized this way,” Jackson said. Jackson said the institution would be perceived stronger if it’s larger and if research dollars are consolidated.
...But there also are disadvantages to consider, Rawlins said. “I think that’s why a study is the right way to go,” he said.