February 23, 2009 | 1 Comment
Seventy faculty staff and students met on Friday morning at La Playa hotel in Carmel to discuss ideas for ensuring academic excellence through the merger of the policy and business school, and their collaboration with a new office of advising, career and student services. They were joined for lunch by an additional 50 faculty, staff and students representing translation, interpretation and language education progrms. The latter group stayed on for their own afternoon retreat to develop ideas for the new graduate school encompassing all language-related programs.
After hearing briefly from President Ramaswamy and the new academic leadership team — provost Amy Sands and deans designate Renee Jourdenais, Tate Miller, and Yuwei Shi — about the vision for the reorganization and the goals of the retreat, each group spent most of the allotted four hours in break-out sessions discussing questions designed to elicit ideas for exploiting synergies between programs within and across schools, and for developing strong relationships between academic programs and the new advising function. Notes from the retreat are posted in an online Reorganization Resource Center and members of the community are invited to comment or add their ideas.
You can either read the notes directly on the site, at the links above, or scroll to the bottom of the page to download a Word file. Please note that the notes are numbered by group in the order in which we received them, not by the table numbers at the retreat.
A third retreat devoted to the new Office of Advising, Career, and Student Services is planned for Friday, February 27 from 1-5 pm (preceded by lunch from 12-1), also at La Playa. There are still spaces open in this retreat, although there is very limited availability for the lunch. Contact Amy McGill if you are interested in attending.