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Provost's Update Spring Quarter No. 2
Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014
Dear Faculty and Staff,
As Commencement weekend approaches, we recognize with pride the many accomplishments of our graduating students and our colleagues. In addition, this academic year has been marked by a remarkable resilience in the way the campus community has responded to conflicts and challenges, as exemplified through the recent shared governance retreat, the vigil held in the wake of the tragic Isla Vista shooting, and creative strategizing to address enrollment declines in some of our graduate programs. These examples and more illustrate the supportive community in which we teach, learn, and serve.
UPDATE ON STRATEGIC PLANNING
I want to thank the faculty and staff who have participated in the most recent phase of conversations regarding the elaborated strategic plan. Approximately 15 open gatherings were held during the spring quarter and a few more are scheduled to take place in early summer. More than 50 faculty and staff served as discussion organizers and drafters of expanded descriptions of components of the plan. Approximately 135 additional faculty and staff participated in the discussions to develop more detailed and concrete ideas for implementing the elaborated strategic plan. The outcome of the process will be invaluable in informing the development of the comprehensive fundraising campaign.
I hope that many of you will be attending the Commencement exercises this coming weekend in celebration of our students’ academic achievements. Your participation represents an important way of honoring the work of our students during their years at Santa Clara University. As announced last week, I have convened a working group to examine our Commencement-related events with the goal of making recommendations for improving the experience of our graduates, their guests, and the SCU community. As a first step, the working group will distribute a survey to the campus community on Monday, June 16, 2014, while the experience of Commencement is still fresh in our minds. Your input through this survey will greatly inform the committee’s work.
LEARNING SPACE REDESIGN AND THE MASTER PLANNING PROCESS
I want to provide an update on the learning space pilot process, and to contextualize it within the master planning process.
The Integrated Strategic Plan calls for both enhancement and expansion of learning spaces at Santa Clara: a significant increase in the number of new classrooms, labs, and other learning spaces on campus through the construction of a new Art and Art History building, a Law facility, a Science and Engineering complex, and other new structures; and a redesign of more than 45 older classrooms across campus to better support teaching and learning.
SEARCH FOR A NEW DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
At the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year, Dean Atom Yee will step down from his role as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. We will be engaging a national search firm to support the work of the search committee, whose members are:
Tom Plante (Psychology) – SEARCH COMMITTEE CHAIR