The Discipline Evolution Task Force identifies the following five recommendations as having the greatest potential for transforming the University commensurate with its Strategic Positioning goals:
• Establish a named and high-profile institute, modeled after the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University... to support interdisciplinary scholarship at the University of Minnesota.
• Create internal faculty exchanges whereby faculty members work in a department or program other than their own for a semester or two....
• Establish a program similar to the faculty exchange program for graduate students to enable them to develop interdisciplinary expertise....
• Seed and, when appropriate, provide long-term support to new and transformational research initiatives that bring together teams of highly talented faculty and students....
• Implement meaningful systems for assessing existing centers, including the expectation that new and existing centers will close after five years unless there is a cogent rationale to continue them....
Documents (Preliminary report and executive summary) describe methods to create more flexible, relevant, and interdisciplinary graduate programs at the University of Minnesota.
Ekker, Stephen C.; Garner, Shirley Nelson.
Transforming the University: Preliminary Recommendations of the Task Force on Graduate Reform: Discipline Evolution.
University of Minnesota.
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