While it can be argued that the fruits of a successful education can have a long ripening time, it is nevertheless important that our universities and colleges examine potential new operating structures that could improve effectiveness. Such structures should have as performance criteria: (1) to increase the impact of universities and colleges in education, research/scholarship, and outreach (for land-grant institutions); and (2) to raise satisfaction among faculty and staff over the extent to which their efforts bear societal fruits.

Recently, a chasm has developed between current faculty expertise and its potential applications for societal benefit and the restrictive academic boundaries within which our faculty and staff must perform. Yet, potential changes in academia could help colleges and universities meet the highest expectations of a currently skeptical public.

The need for academic reform has been evident in recent curricular changes. In many universities, traditional department- based curricula have been folded into...

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