ERIC Number: ED035364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-5
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The Support of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Programs.
Graduate degree programs in the University of Minnesota Graduate School are set up without formal reference to departments. The graduate faculty having governance of a given major field generally includes scholars in more than one department. The idea of transdisciplinary programs is thus widely accepted. Problems arise, however, when it comes to financial support. The department is the budgetary unit and, there, questions of loyalty and departmental priorities sometimes take precedence. To create a special interdepartmental program with its own budget introduces the problem of what to do with the staff when the program expires. Because it is important to strengthen and promote graduate interdisciplinary programs, such efforts should not be restricted to such permanent entities as departments, though departments must be involved and should control permanent appointments. A transdepartmental referee, who has control of budgetary and position allotments, will be needed to iron out disagreements. Mechanisms, other than departmental, must be established for initiating new transdisciplinary graduate programs and making promotion recommendations. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.