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Provost proposes reorganizing graduate programs

April 11th, 2007

University of Louisville Provost Shirley Willihnganz on April 11 discussed with several organizations a proposal to reorganize graduate programs.

Under the proposal, graduate programs will be folded into the Office of the Provost and into the university’s other 11 colleges and schools by Jan. 1, 2008. Those programs now are administered by the Graduate School. UofL has more than 4,800 graduate students.

Under the proposal, 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.

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

Willihnganz said she plans to set up a transition team to work out details of the new structure. She added that she does not anticipate a reduction in staffing.

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