Saturday, March 27, 2010
From Silo-Babble to Departmental Dissolution and Merger
Provost Haggett has launched an insidious campaign of “silo-babble” across our main campus academic forums. Flunkie spokespersons for the UT Strategic Plan Committee (last seen slouching towards Bethlehem) are meanwhile busy spreading this manure pile across the main campus. The “silo” meme in academic discourse derives from a business-model notion that disparages “information silos” for impeding structural changes perceived as necessary to accomplish managerial efficiencies, mainly cost-cutting. See here:
The prime and targeted examples of her perceived “silos” impeding the rapid progress of business-like restructuring at the University of Toledo and in the College of Arts and Sciences are its traditional academic departments. "These have to go!" she decrees. This means that the deliberate dissolution of existing departments through mergers into “schools” by administrative fiat is on the near horizon. Gird your loins. The battle is upon us. It’s now or never. Actively resist all silo-babble and its intended consequences. Unite and fight to save our institution of public higher education, our College of Arts and Sciences, our academic departments, and the vital flesh, blood and voice of an empowered and free-thinking tenured professoriate to teach quality-conscious students in our main campus classrooms.