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7 February 2008 ORU Taskforce

Summary: 7 February 2008
ORU Taskforce
RE: Joint Senate/Administration ORU Taskforce Response to Wayne Cornelius's Letter of
January 16, 2008
The ORU Taskforce has reviewed the written response from Dr. Wayne Cornelius and signatories, dated
January 16, 2008, to the Joint Administration/Senate ORU Taskforce Report, which was transmitted to the
Senior Vice Chancellor and the Senate on December 20, 2007. The Taskforce would like to comment on
the observations and concerns expressed by the correspondents in their letter.
Closure of ORUs. The Taskforce would not characterize the principal problem of the ORU
portfolio as being too "static," but, as stated in the Executive Summary, is concerned with
"...how to create opportunities for starting new ORUs and how to make the ORU portfolio even
stronger and more dynamic so as to enhance the contributions ORUs make to the UCSD research
Our reading of this section is that the correspondents were concerned that in promoting a more
dynamic ORU portfolio, there not be forced closures of existing, successful ORUs in order to
establish new ORUs. The Taskforce members completely agree that successful ORUs should not
be sacrificed to establish new ORUs. However, the Taskforce believes that dysfunctional or
lagging ORUs must be phased out after appropriate consultation and review. The central question
is how to judge the success of a particular ORU. It is not possible to define a single set of
measures of success that fits all ORUs because of their diversity. The Taskforce thus noted in the


Source: Abagyan, Ruben - School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Diego


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