The board … approved a University school of literatures, cultures and linguistics which will offer more than 30 languages associated with literature and cultures … .I'm far from sure of how to interpret this move: Is it a bold step toward restructuring and revitalizing language and linguistics? Is it along the lines of what the MLA report recommends? Will it bring real funding with it to create opportunities? Will it remove linguists farther from their (often very natural) homes in and ties to social and hard sciences, putting them in a humanities ghetto? We'll see.
The school of literatures, cultures and linguistics will bring together the departments of classics, East Asian languages and cultures, French, Germanic languages and literatures, linguistics, Slavic languages and literatures, and Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
But this is part of a major national pattern. For example, at Maryland, "language" has been declared one of three major priorities for the university. They've vaulted to the top of the heap in linguistics and their CASL is hiring top people from all over, for massive pay raises. Seems like these places have innovation being supported from the top. It's hard to find any leadership on this campus above the level of the individual department.