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Graduate School reorganization proposed

University of Louisville Provost Shirley Willihnganz has proposed reorganization of the Graduate School.

We’ve been looking at ways to strengthen our graduate programs for many months. On April 11, I met with several groups to discuss a proposal to reorganize graduate programs by Jan. 1.

Under the proposal, graduate programs will be folded into the Office of the Provost and into the university’s other 11 colleges and schools. Administrative functions likely would be housed within the provost’s office to provide university-wide service and support for graduate education. The provost’s office already oversees a similar office for undergraduate affairs.

The proposal will provide for increased efficiency and improved coordination between the graduate programs and the undergraduate programs and departments that feed into them. I do not anticipate a reduction in staffing.

This organization will provide a more seamless system between our undergraduate and graduate programming. It will cut administrative overhead and eliminate one bureaucracy that students have to maneuver under our current system.

In the next few weeks, I will set up a transition team to work out details of the new structure. I will keep you posted as we develop the plan.

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