In the summer of 1997, a time of continuing budget decline, the University vice presidents for Academic Affairs and Research appointed two committees to examine and prioritize University units should further budget cuts become necessary. The Research committee looked at Arts & Sciences and the Arts & Sciences committee looked at the Research units.
The Vertical Cuts Committee represented the Research side of the University. While it did examine Arts & Sciences, its charge was later expanded to include Research also.
The idea was that these two objective reports would later be combined into a plan that could be used to prioritize University reorganization. The result was all too predictable.
Eastman Memo of June 27, 1997
Academic Affairs Prioritization Committee Final Report on Units and Programs Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Research and Graduate Education, Oct 17, 1997
Academic Affairs Prioritization Committee Final Report on Units and Programs Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, March, 1998
Vertical Cuts Committee Final Report, June 26, 1998
Some things to note:
The two reports as seen in the Star Bulletin by Helen Altonn.