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ERIC Number: EJ857131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Intellectual Transformation and Budgetary Savings through Academic Reorganization
Capaldi, Elizabeth D.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n4 p18-27 Jul-Aug 2009
When times are good, there is little urgency to evaluate fundamental assumptions, as investments can be made in new projects and structures while the old continue. Constrained resources do not allow this luxury. The current economic crisis and associated budget woes in universities requires individuals to be open to more radical and rapid change than they are used to. This article describes a method to transform the academic organization of the university to fit the current mode of intellectual inquiry--which is broader, more individualistic, and more interdisciplinary than previous modes--and at the same time to conserve university resources. The method described in this article offers an alternative: to reduce the number of academic departments by combining faculty and their related intellectual interests into larger multidisciplinary groups. Such a strategy, not incidentally, also conserves university resources in hard times. (Contains 1 table, 4 figures, and 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A