The school said it was developed through four years of discussion and study, and Emory College Dean Robin Forman first outlined the plan at a faculty town hall Sept. 12. That was followed by two days of meetings with department chairs and other affected college leaders, Emory said. A letter outlining the plan was sent to the broader Emory College community on Sept. 14.
The changes are set to unfold over several years to allow currently enrolled undergraduate majors and graduate students to complete their courses of study, Forman said. Tenured faculty will be moved to other departments.
University President James Wagner endorsed the plan and applauded the team that worked on it and their "willingness to go back to first principles, look at each department and program afresh, and begin the process of reallocating resources for emerging needs and opportunities."
After a short protest on the quad in front of the administration building, students climbed the stairs to the fourth floor, where Wagner and other administrators have their offices. They chanted and sang briefly in the hallway until university Vice President Gary Hauk came out of his office and offered to arrange a meeting between four or five of the protesters and Wagner, who wasn't in the building at the time.
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