Thomas Shellhammer, Chair
Goran Jovanovic (ex-officio)
The Committee met eight times over the ’06-’07 academic year. It discussed Category I and Category II proposals related to the following academic program changes:
Category I & II reviews aside, the major effort put forth by the BFPC was developing guidelines defining “departments” versus “schools” versus “colleges” on the OSU campus. We examined a wide range of factors that might differentiate a department from a school such as disciplinary alignment, budgetary alignment and size, but throughout our discussions, the BFPC did not uncover any consistent definition of a School, nor could we develop one of our own. When we attempted to define a Department in terms of size or discipline we were unable to convincingly establish a rationale for minimum or maximum size or limits of disciplinary breadth/focus. The general conclusion was that if the formation of a School ultimately benefited the University then OSU should pursue the endeavor. We submitted our report to the Faculty Senate President on April 26, 2007.