Administrators' commitment to Focused Excellence remains
Right from the start, Provost George Davis knew the concept of Focused Excellence would be difficult to implement.
After administrators took the first implementation step by announcing 16 proposals for program eliminations in January, Davis saw just how much resistance he would face.
Davis said he estimated anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 letters and emails poured in over the last few months in support of the 16 programs. Most supported either the School of Information Resources and Library Science, the School of Landscape Architecture, or the School of Planning, he said.