COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has re-established its Graduate School as an academic and administrative unit.

The Columbia Missourian reports former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin closed the Graduate School in 2014 and created the Office of Graduate Students to replace it.

That decision left several graduate and interdisciplinary programs without an academic home.

Shortly after he arrived in August 2017, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said he would reconsider the Graduate School’s status.

On Thursday, Provost Latha Ramchand announced the new Graduate School will continue the work of the Office of Graduate Students. It also will be the academic home for several interdisciplinary and graduate programs.

The Graduate School will provide resources that the office, which was solely an administrative unit, couldn’t. It also will advocate for graduate programs and student needs.