I am pleased to be sending you the inaugural issue of theProvost’s Update. Twice each quarter, I will share with you some of the major developments in Santa Clara’s academic affairs and seek your advice on plans that are currently under consideration. The Provost’s Update will include concise summaries and provide links for those interested in gaining more information and providing feedback. Additionally, I look forward to discussing your ideas at Faculty Senate Council meetings and other fora and events that will be scheduled throughout the academic year.
Thank you for all you do for Santa Clara University.
With warm regards,
Dennis Jacobs, Provost
Strategic Planning Discussions
The University has been deeply engaged in the elaboration and refinement of the 2011 strategic priorities, as the President shared in his recent email to the campus. Last academic year, 50 faculty and staff worked in six strategic advisory committees to develop concrete objectives and flesh out six strategic goals for the University. The University’s Integrated Strategic Plan combines these strategic goals and objectives with a comprehensive enrollment plan and a facilities master plan to form an ambitious detailed vision for what Santa Clara University aspires to be and do in 2020.
Over the past three months, almost 500 faculty and staff met in seven disciplinary clusters to discuss relevant aspects of the University’s Integrated Strategic Plan. These discussions, planned by faculty and staff in each disciplinary cluster, have provided opportunities for the broader university community to explore elements of the plan, reflect on how various academic units can develop and contribute in new ways, and offer substantive feedback to the deans and other campus leaders. The Planning Action Council and Board of Trustees have also been studying and evaluating the Integrated Strategic Plan.
On February 19, the President will devote a portion of his State of the University address to introducing the Integrated Strategic Plan. After the address, the University will launch a comprehensive website that describes the key features of the enrollment, facilities, and strategic plans as well as responds to frequently asked questions. In late February and early March, the Integrated Strategic Plan will be presented and discussed at several meetings open to the entire campus:
Town Hall #1
Tuesday, February 25 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Town Hall #2
Friday, February 28 from 11:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Town Hall #3
Monday, March 3 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Location: Williman Room
Town Hall #4
Thursday, March 6 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Commons
Information about additional discussions on special themes is forthcoming.
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
This past fall, the University launched the Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) with the goal of advancing the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse community of faculty, staff and students. Associate Provost Aldo Billingslea, along with Dr. Jesse Bernal, Program Director, are collaborating with several campus units to promote academic excellence through a diverse and inclusive campus climate.
After completing his campus-wide listening tour, Aldo will be developing a diversity and inclusion needs assessment for Santa Clara University. Aldo and Jesse welcome ongoing communication and feedback. Please feel free to stop by Walsh 103, visit www.scu.edu/odi, or email ODI@scu.edu.
A search is in process for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice Provost for Technology and Information Services who will report directly to the Provost. The CIO and Vice Provost will be responsible for Santa Clara’s strategy for utilizing technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research. The CIO and Vice Provost will assess the delivery of technology and information services across campus; optimize resources to support the technology vision and roadmap; enhance the integration and delivery of proactive service; and cultivate an organizational capacity supportive of change and which enables faster, more extensive adoption of technology. Information about opportunities for campus community members to meet and provide feedback on candidates is forthcoming.