In response to a strategy in goal #2 of the University Strategic Plan, which calls for a consolidation of academic programs through targeted reviews, the University president formed a committee called the Academic and Administrative Services Review Core Council, or Core Council, to initiate a University-wide review of academic and administrative units, and programs and processes.
This process sought to identify new ways to maintain academic excellence while helping Penn State become a more efficient and effective institution. The Core Council was charged by the president, and chaired by executive vice president and provost, with identifying $10 million in permanent cost savings and non-tuition revenue sources for the University for each fiscal year. As of fall 2011, every area of the University has undergone a review. The Eberly College of Science, like every other college at this point, has received a memo from the Core Council that includes recommendations for cost savings. Read the Core Council recommendations for the Eberly College of Science.