This is an exciting time for the social sciences, as the President and Provost seem engaged with the social sciences and poised to invest. The majority of our committee thought that a College of Public Policy and super-departments of Economics, Psychology, and Sociology would best position the social sciences for achieving excellence in policy and the social sciences. At the same time, a substantial minority of committee members favored a shared school of public policy. Regardless of their recommendations around policy, there were significant concerns about the well-being of non-policy units in CHE, and the committee especially stressed the need for the President and Provost to carefully consider these issues as they deliberate.
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Prior reports from the Provost website:
- Provost’s Task Force on the Future of the Social Sciences at Cornell Report 1999 (PDF)
- Social Science External Advisory Committee Report 2006 (PDF)
- Social Sciences Task Force Report 2009 (PDF)
- Public Policy Report 2012 (PDF)
The work of the Committee can be tracked through its March , April , and September postings. After the Senate update on November 13 the Committee released its Interim Report. The report begins with an introduction and an overview of the two options. We reordered the rest of the report to make it easier for the busy reader to compare the pros and cons of the two options with respect to these issues:
Extension and Outreach
Implications for the College of Human Ecology
Implications for the College of Arts and Sciences
Implications for the University and Conclusions
The Super-Department recommendation in the Final Report feeds off of three subcommittee reports: