Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Date of First Reading: March 28, 2022
Date of Second Reading: April 25, 2022
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Global Futures – for the establishment of a new academic unit – School of Ocean Futures
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The School of Ocean Futures will expand our capacity to study the Earth system holistically (the ocean covers ca. 70 percent of the Earth’s surface). It will address the role of the ocean in the Earth system at a time when human activities place increasing pressure upon the life supporting systems of our planet. Specifically, it will address the fundamental dynamics of the ocean as part of the Earth system, as well as its response to perturbations caused by global change. Changes in the ocean such as increasing sea surface temperatures and rising sea level have implications for the entire globe including its land surface.