Selective Investment Evaluation Committee
Committee Chair Professor and Chair Political Science
Rudine Sims Bishop Professor
Teaching and Learning
Jerald Greenberg Abramowitz Professor in Business Ethics
Management and Human Resources
King George III Professor Department of History
Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics
Natural Resources and Geological Sciences
Yuan F. Zheng
Professor and Chair Electrical Engineering
L. Alayne Parson
Senior Vice Provost
Office of Academic Affairs
Process for the Selective Investment Review Committee
procedures were adopted by the Selective Investment Review Committee (SIRC)
in evaluating the eight programs for funding:
A preliminary assessment of the programs was made by the committee
based on the proposals as submitted.
External letters of review were solicited by the Office of Academic
Affairs, with the advice of the Chair of the SIRC, from a list of reviewers
suggested by the program under review.
Representatives from each program met with the full SIRC in February
and March to make a 30-minute presentation focused on their program and
plan and to respond to 15 minutes of questions posed by committee members.
Each unit was asked to address specific issues in its presentation.
Three-person teams from the SIRC made site visits of at least two
hours apiece in April and early May to each of the programs. Programs
were asked to provide the teams an opportunity to meet with students,
junior faculty and new recruits, senior faculty, and the unit's leadership.
The chair of the SIRC attended each site visit. One of the other two committee
members served as the chair of the site visit team and was responsible
for drafting a site visit report.
Throughout the foregoing process, all programs were asked to provide
the same additional information to the SIRC to assist it in its evaluations.
The SIRC met to discuss each unit after its site visit. The chair
of the site visit team led the discussion, and each committee member was
given full opportunity to contribute to the discussion.
Descriptions of each program and its proposal were drafted by the
chair of the site visit team, reviewed and revised by the full committee,
and distributed to the leaders of each program for comment on their descriptive
After all of this information had been gathered and each program
had been thoroughly discussed, the SIRC evaluated each unit relative to
the others and drafted its report and recommendations.
The committee met with Provost Ed Ray and Interim Vice President for Research
Keith Alley on June 8 to discuss its recommendations, and then finalized