Change at College Comes at Slow Pace

"My job is to make sure that the student voice is heard," he says. "If a whole building is being renovated, can some space for students be had?"

Seven standing committees in FAS are specifically earmarked as student life-oriented while a host of others deal with degree-granting procedures, interdisciplinary concentrations and the Core program.


But while committees like the Administrative Board and the Standing Committee on Financial Aid make important decisions for students, they do not allocate funds.

"If you have a model in mind like the flow of business through Congress that is explained in high school civics courses, you are wrong," Lewis says in an e-mail message. "Most of our processes are more informal and consultative."

The committees Lewis and Knowles use as advisory bodies are just that--they can only give advice.

A Collegial Process

While Lewis maintains that "Knowles represents the interests of the College at all times," as dean of the more comprehensive FAS, Knowles must prioritize College initiatives along with the needs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the Extension School.

"Student needs have to compete with other needs in the context of a research University and the needs of the Faculty come first," Epps says.

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