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College of Applied Human Sciences changes name

February 13, 2013

Colorado State University's College of Applied Human Sciences will be going by a new name - the College of Health and Human Sciences - starting on July 1, after receiving approval during the February meeting of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System.

new logo“Human health and improving the quality of life have been a part of our college since its origins over a century ago in home economics,” said Jeff McCubbin, dean of the college. “We wanted a new name that reflects the direction that the college is moving so we can build a stronger future. Our name also acknowledges the college’s past and embraces the university’s land-grant mission.”

Why add "health?"

McCubbin said that the decision to add the word “health” to the college was based on the term’s holistic meaning – of physical, mental and social well-being – and the alignment of those factors with the college’s disciplines.

“Health involves helping people cope with life stresses, engage in healthful daily living habits, live in healthy environments, pursue productive vocations and realize their potential,” McCubbin said. “This view of health is interdisciplinary and aligns in various ways with all of the disciplines in our college.”

Before changing the name, the college did extensive research and discovered that few universities use the term “applied” in their college name and that the colleges that did use it did not resemble CSU’s college. In addition, college leadership felt that the term “applied” could be removed because human sciences, by their nature, are applied.

New name approved by Faculty Council

Faculty Council voted to recommend the change on Dec. 4, and the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University system voted to approve the change on Feb. 8. The name change will be official on July 1, but the college plans to roll out some changes before that date, including a new website. Students graduating this spring will retain the College of Applied Human Sciences name on their diplomas. Students graduating in the summer will graduate with the new name of College of Health and Human Sciences.

The College of Health and Human Sciences includes the Department of Construction Management, Department of Design and Merchandising, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Education and the School of Social Work.

Learn more about the name change.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
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