It is impossible to know whether Chancellor Biddy Martin is aware of this site and of some of the views that have been expressed here over the past two weeks. Nevertheless, it appears that she is aware, in general, of concerns about the restructuring plan. She is almost certainly aware of the resolution that is now part of the agenda for the Nov. 2 Faculty Senate meeting (the exact and final wording of which will be posted here as soon as it becomes public).
Moments ago, this letter,
was posted on the University news site.
We find it interesting, and encouraging, that the chancellor’s letter is considerably more specific on many points pertaining to the Graduate School restructuring proposal than anything we heard from the provost himself during the last four town hall meetings.
We also are cautiously encouraged by the chancellor’s explicit statement that “the goal is NOT to force any particular outcome.”
What is not clear on first reading is whether she is making any real concessions to shared governance on this issue. Consultation is one thing; having true power to shape the outcome is quite another.
As always, your comments are encouraged.