“What (UNC is) trying to do is just to make sure that, going forward, in light of everything that’s happened, that the department is strong, that it’s sustainable, that it has the resources that are necessary in order to flourish as a department,” said Jim Dean, executive vice chancellor and provost.
Dean said the review, which began in August, will be completed by the end of the spring semester.
“I would say, in fairness, that based on everything’s that happened in the department in the past, it’s a particularly important time to make sure that we’re clear about where things stand,” he said.
The review policy change came about as a result of a lack discipline and regulation in departmental reviews that became clear with investigations into the department’s academic improprieties.
The overall review process began with a self-study, conducted by the department and led by department chairwoman Eunice Sahle, who declined several requests for comment on the review.
The College of Arts and Sciences then brought in an external review team to evaluate the self-study in combination with a site visit in September.
The review team published a report in October that was largely complimentary of the department’s new administration and curriculum.
“The scope of positive change in these two years has been breathtaking, and the department and its faculty should be congratulated for the enormous progress they have made in all these matters,” the report says.