Monday Minute, October 5, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Provost Tom Sullivan has asked each college to form a "blue ribbon committee" made up of faculty, staff, students, and outside stakeholders, which would recommend to the college and provost priorities for continued and new investment, as well as strategies for cost savings.

The criteria for suggestions match those developed during the strategic positioning work of four years ago: what would promote excellence, create academic synergies, leverage new resources, advance our comparative advantage, and enhance our academic reputation.

As you know, we are already considering ideas for revenue generation and cost savings, but there is always value in stepping back with a group of colleagues and looking at these issues with fresh eyes.

Over the next week or so, we will seek suggestions for names of people to serve on this committee. We will also solicit input from the entire college community in this process, and will keep you informed as we move forward. Stay tuned.