Charged last fall with reviewing Emorys administrative structures
in the Arts and Sciences (A&S) and determining what changes,
if any, are warranted, the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) has
made its conclusion: Until Emory College and the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences can launch comprehensive strategic planning
efforts and address pending development priorities, substantial
changes in the administrative structures that governand, indeed,
integratethe two schools are not warranted.
The SPC issued its report to President Bill Chace just after Commencement,
according to interim Provost Howard Hunter, who cochaired the committee
along with Michelle Lampl, associate professor of anthropology.
The committee itself consisted of elected representatives from both
the college and graduate school, along with members appointed by
the administration and from the Graduate Division of Biological
& Biomedical Sciences.
Before Emory can develop a new structure for [A&S], we
must have a clear vision for its development, the report said.
Furthermore, it is imperative to put in place permanent deans
of both the College and the Graduate School prior to the launch
of the fundraising initiative recently approved by the administration.
For these reasons, we believe that administrative stability is presently
in the best interests of [A&S].
However the report does present to the president a number of themes
that arose over the course of SPCs work, as well as suggestions
for addressing various areas of concern. Through several town hall
meetings and correspondence with faculty, the primary goal that
arose was the need for an overall strengthening of the graduate
school. Included in the report are calls to:
increase funding for the graduate school.
make clear that the dean of the graduate school be a principal
leader in setting development priorties for the University.
take steps to ensure the graduate dean be involved in budget
planning and have a voice in hiring as well as tenure and promotion
In truth, the graduate school dean has not been nearly as
involved in development work or setting development priorities as
would be appropriate, Hunter acknowledged. The graduate
dean is really an advocate for all the doctoral programs. At the
same time, the graduate dean does not actually have a school,
as suchtheres no building, there are no [unique] faculty
linesso you really have to push the graduate dean into the
normal budgeting, hiring and promotion process to make sure the
mission of graduate education/ doctoral programs is kept at the
Thirty years ago, Hunter said, Emorys graduate school was
much smaller and the situation much less complex than it is now,
after the University has experienced a period of growth in programs
and activities that is virtually unprecedented among modern research
We have a much bigger and more complicated enterprise, so
the relationship between the college and the graduate school is
also bigger and more complicated and involves more people,
Hunter said. We need to look at how were doing things
to make sure were doing them correctly.
But with permanent vacancies both in the provosts office
and the Emory College deans office, as well as an interim
college dean who himself is on sabbatical from his duties as graduate
school dean, now is not the time for such an examination, the SPC
concluded. And, in the end, it may turn out that Emorys existing
structure is the best one, after all.
A model like we have is not atypical; there are other universities
that have similar models, Hunter said. We didnt
find any one model that you could look at and say, Hey, this
is the right thing for a private, category 1 research university.
We found there were lots of models.
Another recommendation in the report is the re-formation of the
Council of Arts and Sciences, consisting of the provost and the
deans of the college and graduate school. This council, which has
existed in the past as an informal gathering of A&S administrators,
would meet frequently and should act as a forum for the chief
academic officers of [A&S] to discuss issues that bridge the
College and Graduate School.