That’s tonight’s rumor from the generally well-informed bartender down at the Faculty Club swimming pool.
It seems Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Scott Pratt is starting his well deserved sabbatical next week and there’s been no announcement for interim applicants. At least one AVP is on the job market. Concerns about the exorbitant cost of replacement hires have been given new weight by CAS Humanities Dean Karen Ford’s CAS task force report, which convincingly demonstrated the extra administrative costs of adding new colleges.
The logical next step is to reduce the administrative burden of running our existing colleges, and so Johnson Hall is considering a plan to consolidate UO’s existing schools and colleges by folding them into current CAS divisions – since CAS is widely viewed as the most functional and economically efficient of UO’s colleges.
While there is still some haggling over who will fit where, the current plan appears to be:
CAS Humanities: Schools of Music and Dance and Journalism and Communications
CAS Social Science: College of Business, College of Education, Honor’s College (?)
CAS Natural Science: College of Design, Knight Campus, Law School.
The deans of these colleges will be reassigned to teaching duties. No word on what will happen to the OtP. No faculty or students will be harmed.