Management split: a 'revenue-neutral' move

By Scott Lange
Assistant News Editor

Georgia Tech faculty and administrators are continuing to pursue the proposal to separate the Dupree School of Management from the Ivan Allen College. The discussions have moved toward selecting a specific plan,which will be voted on by the academic faculty.
Separating the Dupree School from the Ivan Allen College would give the Management program equal status with Georgia Tech's five existing colleges. The new college would have its own dean, and would also maintain control of the Dupree Grant to the School of Management.
"One of the principles here is that it would be a revenue-neutral change," stated Dr. Mark Smith, Executive Assistant to the President. "It will not have a financial impact on any of the schools."
After obtaining approval from the academic faculty, the proposal would then go to the Board of Regents. Officials say that if the process continues to move quickly, the split could take place as early as this spring.
Creating a college out of the Management program would bring it in line with most other universities in the country. Proponents of the plan believe that the split would benefit the Management program in several respects.
"The current structure of the Dupree School is unique," explained Smith. "Other schools do not have their Management school inside another college."
"There are advantages in having a structure that models the common structure that is out there," continued Smith. "This kind of thing shows up when you are interfacing with alumni and when organizations are comparing one school to the next."
Advocates of the plan also hope the new status for the Management program will help attract high quality candidates for the still unfilled Dean of Management position.
"One of the real positive things is that things have changed quite a bit over the last few years," Smith said.
"You have degree programs associated with these schools so the schools are now in a much stronger position to do all sorts of wonderful things," Smith continued.
"Anytime you make a change, you always run into some issues that need to be addressed," Smith explained. "I am optimistic that we will come to the best possible conclusion."

Copyright © 1998 by Gregory S. Scherrer, Editor and by the Student Publications Board

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