Our department's pre-award works just fine, our faculty is really happy. Moving that support to a cluster can't be good.

These two comments reflect very common and valid concerns throughout the departments. Together, they strike at one of the principles the Chancellor and the Dean of the School of Medicine have highlighted in earlier comments: the importance of departments having equal access to outstanding administrative support. The OE Work Groups are charged with addressing differing levels of support for the departments.

The Research Administration Work Group is working on a solution that taps into the existing expertise within departments and benefits other departments by giving them access to it. No one wants to dismantle existing excellence but we need to figure out a way to translate that excellence so that all departments and their faculty can take advantage of it.