Many let out a sigh of relief on Wednesday in response to the latest developments in defining Focused Excellence. Others were left scratching their heads. The scheme was billed since September as a major overhaul for the university, but this week's announcement lacks the luster of the plan's original mission.
Aside from a few bold suggestions, Financial Bulletins No. 21 and 22 are a letdown. It is hard to see how these initial proposals will make the UA the elite institution our leaders envision. It's also still unclear whether or not these changes will have a huge financial impact on the university.