The Mission and Resources Project

In the new plan of governance, CAP has been given new responsibilities to work with the Administration and the Board in setting long-term institutional as well as academic priorities. The first step in this new working arrangement was setting up the Task Force for Balancing Mission and Resources, which developed a set of recommendations which were passed on to CAP. To continue that process, CAP and the Curriculum Committee set up the Curricular Renewal Working Group, which completed its work during academic year 2009-2010.

CAP has been discussing the CRWG proposals and the recommendations of the Task Force in the process of doing our regular work of considering position requests, but it has become clear that the need to make immediate decisions leaves little time for thinking about the long-term goals of the college. CAP is at a point, then, where it needs to take on the following additional tasks, not immediately connected to considering specific requests:

  • Set longer-term academic priorities for the College. These priorities must transcend the nearer term exigencies of open positions. CAP has already begun to engage in this kind of thinking, but needs to do so even more.
  • Use this strategic vision of academic priorities to decide how to continue the process of reducing the faculty by 5-8 lines. The resources from these cuts would be reinvested in faculty compensation to move us up in the COFHE standings.
  • Think about new perspectives on both strengthening our core priorities and supporting exciting curricular innovations that do not rely on increasing the overall size of the faculty, since such an increase will be impossible in the foreseeable future. We have to consider instead whether we can achieve these goals by rearranging existing resources, by collaboration across departmental and program lines, and by increasing efficiency in the use of faculty time.
  • Initiate a campus-wide discussion (both faculty and administration) to think about the possibility of getting to a 2-2 teaching load as part of a larger conversation about the goals and structure of the major.
  • Suggest ways the administration can better support the process of strengthening the College’s academic programs.

Report to the Faculty, CAP Charge, AY 2010-2011, May 2011
CAP Annual Report, AY 2010-2011

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