There's been some very consistent rumors here regarding a new structure to the graduate program here and I'm wondering if anyone else has any experience with this, which is that the entire graduate program is being centralized at the level of the Dean's office. That is, there will be no more direct admits to departments, only admission to the School. This is similar to how undergraduate admissions works, but I think the impact is much more severe- the Dean's office is setting a class size that's about 1/2 of the existing number, and so some departments (the un-sexy ones) will have a very difficult time getting graduate students at all. It's being spun as a financial benefit to the Departments- students cost money and the Dean's office is paying for the 1st year of graduate school. Also, the first year curriculum is now a very general program of study rather than an entry point to specialized study. Think of how this would translate to an Engineering school, or a school of Science, and I think you will see that this a horribly bad idea. It's really not clear to me why this is being done. I guess I'm wondering what you all think of this, if you have heard or experienced something similar, and if so, what the unintended consequences were.