2) College oversight of faculty teaching would become much more intrusive: a “Curriculum Oversight Committee” of 12, including only three College tenure-track faculty, “will oversee assessment, examine results, and propose curricular change.”
3) Consultation of College faculty on the essential aspects of this curriculum has been spotty and inadequate: it is true that a great many faculty have, in small groups, discussed small aspects of the plan, but wide consultation on central questions has been extremely skimpy.
4) Despite all the problems, there is the alarming possibility that this plan will be adopted in early 2018 and implemented in 2019-2020.
This seems like a fiasco or train wreck waiting to happen—a wreck caused, like most train wrecks, by carelessness and above all by excessive speed.
Given a myriad of faculty concerns, there is no reason not to slow down and aim for a 2020 start date that would allow full consultation of faculty, and the crafting of careful solutions to the many problems in the current draft.
George L. Paddison Prof. James O’Hara