Emory University Statement

President Jim Wagner and Emory College Dean Robin Forman are meeting with a representative group of students on Dec. 7 to continue a conversation that began at a meeting in the President’s Office earlier this week.

  • The meeting agenda will include a review of points agreed upon at the Dec. 4 meeting:
  • Emory’s continuing and future eminence will depend on pursuing “focused distinctions,” not the “lifting of all boats.”
  • Cuts will likely be necessary in any reallocation plan for Emory College of Arts and Sciences to invest more in opportunities for eminence.
  • Students should have some input into how ECAS meets student needs and wants.
  • Faculty input has been crucial and should be ensured going forward.
  • The president supports the authority of the dean to make the decisions he did.
  • Constructive interaction will be necessary going forward to shape the implementation for future plans.’

The agenda also will include a review by Emory College Dean Forman of the process and bases for the decisions and a discussion of a list of student concerns. The president and dean are looking forward to fostering a deeper understanding of how these decisions were reached and to a productive discussion of the ways in which students, faculty and administrators can continue to work together to implement the Emory College Plan over the next four years.