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The Consequences of Not Taking Care of Business...

Third greatest yadda, yadda?

Not so fast, Tom. How about taking care of business first?

From the Daily:

Fewer options that fulfill liberal education requirements are causing a rocky transition to a new system.

With registration under way, many students may find they have fewer options for classes that fulfill liberal education requirements because of a rocky transition to a new system.

However, a One Stop search Tuesday showed nearly 900 fewer available class sections in fall 2010 that fulfill liberal education requirements than during the spring 2010 semester.

Classes are still being reviewed, and not all have been approved for next year. As a result, students currently registering for classes may not have access to all available options.

This change, along with the current shorter list of available classes, could delay graduation for some students, said Steven Ostrow, chairman of the art history department.

Since every course had to be reapproved to count toward a theme or core, some departments submitted fewer courses for consideration, he said.

"It takes time and energy to do that, and all the departments and faculty members have a limited amount of both," Hudleston said.

"To have this really onerous task imposed on us by an external committee is time-consuming and insults our intelligence," said William Beeman, chairman of the anthropology department.

"In the end, we've had most everything approved, but in some cases it has taken four or five submissions," Ostrow said. "Ultimately I think it's a colossal waste of time."

Some faculty have voiced concerns about the new requirement that liberal education courses must be taught by regular faculty members, which, considering the University's budget problems, could reduce the number of classes offered.

Hudleston said that while there are currently fewer classes available, the University is only required to have at least 3,000 spots available to students in each category.

But somewhere in Morrill Hall, some administrator - maybe many of them - will be claiming credit for having re-vamped the liberal arts program at Minnesota.

And so it goes.

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