Implementation team announced for Grad School reconstruction

The 18-member team hopes to complete a draft for Provost Sullivan by mid-April.

The team charged with determining how to restructure the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Graduate School into the ProvostâÄôs Office by 2010 was announced Friday evening. The 18-member team, made up mostly of high-ranking faculty, will be responsible for providing Senior Vice Provost Tom Sullivan and the University with a set of detailed recommendations outlining how to best go about the change in the schoolâÄôs administration. In a letter to the members of the implementation team obtained by the Daily, Sullivan urged the committee to consult widely with other faculty and staff before making any recommendations. The UniversityâÄôs administration has been criticized for a lack of consultation before the final decision for the reconstruction was made. Part of the committeeâÄôs responsibility is to pinpoint current redundancies and cost savings, and identify the role the vice provost and the dean for graduate education should play in the new structure, as well as evaluate how many employees will be needed, according to the letter. Other University documents outlining the plan show there will be substantial cuts. According to the letter, all of the implementation teamâÄôs recommendations must be submitted to Sullivan by April 17. After a plan is submitted, the recommendations will be available for public comment and will be brought up for more discussion if any issues arise, the letter says. The committee has a broad range of representatives from across the Graduate School, many of whom have served as directors of graduate studies at some point. Two students âÄî GAPSA President Kristi Kremers and Vice Chair of the Council of Graduate Students Boyd Cothran âÄî are represented on the committee. The Institute of Technology Dean Steven Crouch will chair the implementation team and Assistant to the Provost Dr. Katherine Himes will assist the team throughout the process.