Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Arts and Sciences? Really?
Given the responses to the last post, there seems to be some interest in trying to revive (or not) the old Arts and Sciences College. Anyone who was around knows that our previous president broke up the college because he was mad that anyone would question his decision to name an unqualified dean and did not like the fact that so many faculty actually got together and discussed stuff. But, the real issue is, "Did he do the right thing for all the wrong reasons?" or "Did he do the wrong thing for all the wrong reasons?" It has always been my belief, often stated here, that almost any structure works if you have the right people and almost no structure works if you have the wrong ones. So to help get the ball rolling let me throw the first log on the fire. I am not in favor of returning to an Arts and Sciences College. As a member of a primarily undergraduate program I often felt as if we got the short end of the goodies if we got any at all. We are now in a much smaller college where we have common interests with the other departments and access to the dean. Okay folks, have at it. Should we reconstitute the A and S College or not. Please explain your answer.