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UW Board expected to approve new school during session

UW Board of Trustees meeting
UW Board of Trustees meeting(Mia Johnson)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 10:32 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Some big changes could be in store for the University of Wyoming, following the Board of Trustees meeting this week.

The Board is anticipated to give the green-light to a School of Computing as soon as Thursday.

“It is part of President Seidel’s agenda to help UW become a more digital and entrepreneurial institution,” said UW Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Chad Baldwin. “Because computing is effecting every aspect of our lives, every discipline in academia, we need to make sure we are giving our students the very best experience they can have.”

The School of Computing has been in the works for about a year, and would provide the next level of tech-literacy for UW students. The school would focus on the application of computing, as a stand-alone department.

In addition to the monumental proposal, the Board will also be discussing how significant foundational funds will be invested, and will receive a presentation from UW President, Ed Seidel, on updated Covid protocols.

“There is discussion about how we are maximizing that deep resource for the University to help us both sustain existing initiatives and launch new things like the school of computing, so that will be one thing that is discussed. Another thing that is going on of course is Covid, we announced last week that we were changing a few things, changing our approach a little bit due to the Omicron variant,” said Baldwin.

The new protocol eliminates mass mandatory testing, but rather continues random-sampling of 3 percent, and offers voluntary testing January 14-16.

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