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  •  In some fields yes and they do streamline (4+ / 0-)

    things in such a fashion.

    But first of all, women's studies is an interdisciplinary program. It exists in between majors. Comparative literature is rare. It doesn't exist at many satellite campuses. Plus, you want a liberal arts selection at every campus even if it duplicates efforts elsewhere.

    The move against duplication happens at the grad level which consumes more resources generally anyway.

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

    by upstate NY on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 04:50:42 PM PDT

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    •  Tech duplication too (3+ / 0-)
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      Every research lab has their own computers, sensors, and datasets.  Every faculty member is expected to provide their own equipment.

      Absolutely senseless.  Like personal automobiles, this equipment gets used for 5% of it's capacity.

      Computationally intensive majors like Physics, BioMedical Engineering, and even parts of Chemistry should be allocated time on computational clusters.  Even specialty sensors should be allocated at the Department level.

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      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:40:06 PM PDT

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      •  I knew of a powerful supercomputer (2+ / 0-)
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        donated by a big insurance firm to a university, and the computer was used 20% of the time by the engineering department it was donated to. They kindly allowed other departments to use it. It was pretty powerful as it allowed for 3D submersive modeling environments (it was a Cave). Several departments took advantage of its use, and even one Humanities department. Lots of man hours, many years of development projects, were logged on that computer. One morning, the department that owned the computer decided on a software overhaul. They wiped the computer clean and destroyed tens of thousands of man hours of work by other departments. In the end, no one but the engineering dept used the computer again. Oh, and the Humanities major that was able to reconstruct their project in a few months because it was a relatively simple one.

        There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

        by upstate NY on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 06:58:59 PM PDT

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