Oxford Professors May Lose Sway

Oxford's venerated dons are in an uproar over plans to take power from the Congregation, the university's parliament and supreme organ of power, and give it to a newly created board of trustees. Some dons are worried that the centralization of power would hamstring the 39 individual colleges that make up the university and form the basis of the university's unique system of tutorials: one don and two students. Other observers see the reforms as a necessary update to the university's inefficient, medieval decision-making process.

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