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Randy Albers has been reinstated as Chair of the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago through the Spring 2013 semester. Interim Provost Louise Love announced in an afternoon email that both Randy and English Department Chair Ken Daley have been retained through the Prioritization process.

"They will provide trusted leadership and continuity regardless of the decisions coming out of the Blueprint:Prioritization process," Love wrote, "and they will help us make decisions about how best to go forward."

She cited the response from the faculty to the Listening Forum on March 5, which incidentally prompted a flash mob demonstration by a dozen or so students orally listing their demands from the Prioritization process. The Columbia Chronicle posted a five-minute video of highlights from the forum on YouTube. Love also cited emails, conversations, and a meeting with members of the Faculty Senate as influencing her reinstatement announcement. The contracts of several Chairs were not renewed late last month, prompting protests and demands for more transperancy on the Prioritization process.

While the change signals a responsiveness to the rallying cry for Randy Albers, it doesn't say much about the plans for the college moving forward post-Prioiritzation. "Nothing will be decided until the end of June," Love assured faculty and staff, "and discussions about implementation will begin in the fall."

For more on the Prioritization process at Columbia College Chicago, check the suggested links below.

Inside Higher Ed

CBS Local

Columbia Chronicle

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