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Thursday, April 22, 2010

ASU Model

Having now listened to the provost, talked to an acquaintance at ASU and talked to a close friend at James Madison, I would like to now comment on the possible nether world of integrative programs, schools and associated bureaucratic structures. So, is this something to be feared or embraced? The answer is, as usual, "it depends." The acquaintance at ASU is a full professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. They offer MAs and will offer a Ph.D. starting in 2011. This is not our Communication Department. He thought the school structure was good for several reasons. First, the school has a dean who reports directly to the provost. This gives the school access that individual departments did not have. He said the school gives the students an identity. They are excited and proud to be in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. The faculty are excited as well. He said they have few problems with getting the technology or resources necessary to run a top flight program. And, make no mistake, this is a top flight program. He praised their dean for making the school exciting for the students. They have


To be continued....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is a rumor floating that there will be a reorganization at the top of the university being announced Monday! Can't really determine yet what it means: but apparently the Provosts are involved.

Anonymous said...

I've heard this as well. My sources say they are taking academic stuff away from Gold and having him focus only on healthcare. Haggett takes over all colleges.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:53's comment is interesting but it is not consistent with the rumor that I have heard now from a couple of different sources. Either this the commentor knows exactly and is attempting to spread disinformation or my sources are not correct. Maybe both are wrong and nothing changes. All three of these possibilities exist. Stay tuned, boys and girls; we are in for exciting times.

Anonymous said...

YES!

Anonymous said...

Yes? See if you're still so excited when they appoint Gold to run everything.

Anonymous said...

Alas yes ... another patriarch ... back to the stone age ...