Instead of conducting the merger, which has met with criticism from faculty in recent months, the provost asked the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Instructional Technology to conduct self-examinations and update their mission statements.
The CTL is an academic development and support center, and the CIT is a support center for integrating technology into learning. "The two units individually need to do more work on their mission statements and plans," Shelton said. "You just need to refresh them now and then."
Shelton said his decision was affected by the centers' need to examine their mission statements and by the uncertainty of the state budget situation.
The provost announced in June that he wanted to merge the two centers and later assigned a task force to advise him on the logistics of the merger.
Under the now-tabled plan, the merged center would report to Marian Moore, the vice chancellor of information technology. Some faculty members opposed the move, said William Smith, head of the task force.
The CTL now reports directly to Shelton while the CIT reports to Moore.
"We did communicate to (Shelton) the primary concerns that faculty represented to the task force," Smith said. "They felt the CTL was broad enough in scope that it ought to report to the provost."
Political science Professor Donna Lefebvre said the CTL's purpose demands that it remain under the provost. "What the CTL does is academic in nature, and academics should report to the provost," Lefebvre said. "It's inappropriate for the CTL to report to the office of information technology because that's just one aspect of teaching."
Iola Peed-Neal, the associate director of the CTL, also said the CTL should report to the provost.