I am writing regarding an emergent and time sensitive situation and with a request. As I do so, I want all of you to know that I am fully committed to an open and transparent process regarding the TransformUS initiative.
Late Friday afternoon the template submissions for one college’s academic and support service programs were posted on a college’s website. The Academic Programs task force co-chairs contacted me shortly thereafter to request that the templates be taken down.
I hope you will know that I fully support the college in sharing this information. The issue is the timing of the posting, and particularly the ability of the task force members, who are already under significant pressure, to complete their work without further distraction. I understand that the experience of the task force to date has caused them to conclude that having the templates before the campus at this time would be a disruptive influence on their work; and that the templates would be more useful information for the campus when paired with the task-force recommendations so that people can see how the information in the templates was used. As a result of additional discussions, the college has removed the materials from its website for now on the understanding that these will be ultimately posted with the final report of the task force.
I am now writing to ask all of you to respect the request of the Academic Programs task force and not to post your submissions at this time.
Provost and Vice-President Academic