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Provost's Office News & Events

Provost's Office News & Events

  •  Provost's Update Summer Quarter No. 1

    Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
    Dear Colleagues,

    A fresh academic year is upon us along with the arrival of new students and exciting opportunities. This update provides some information that may be helpful as you finalize your preparations for the coming year.

    With warm regards,
    Dennis C. Jacobs
    At the beginning of each academic year, the Santa Clara University community celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit. As a University community rooted in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, many of us call on the Spirit of God to be with us in all our works, activities, and endeavors. While the Mass is a Roman Catholic liturgy, we honor the diversity of faith perspectives within our community, and we welcome one and all to join in the celebration.

    This fall, the Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at noon on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in the Mission Church. To enable the campus community to attend the Mass, classes will not meet between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. that day. Classes that usually meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. will be cancelled. Classes scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. will instead begin at 1:15 p.m.
    In spring 2014, on the recommendation of the Student Affairs University Policy Committee and the Academic Affairs University Policy Committee, I approved the adoption of an Undergraduate Academic Integrity Pledge.

    The Academic Integrity Pledge states:

    "I am committed to being a person of integrity. I pledge, as a member of the Santa Clara University community, to abide by and uphold the standards of academic integrity contained in the Student Conduct Code."

    The Academic Integrity Pledge, designed to deepen the understanding of and commitment to academic integrity at Santa Clara, will be inserted into the Academic Integrity Policy in the Undergraduate Bulletin and the Student Handbook. I have asked Phyllis Brown, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and Matthew Duncan, Associate Dean for Student Life, to take responsibility for constituting a small team to oversee the implementation process.

    I would like to thank the committed student, staff, and faculty leaders who have worked tirelessly for several years to support the highest levels of academic integrity on campus. I am particularly grateful to the work of Hackworth Fellows Aven Satre-Meloy and Austin Smith, both of whom were advised by David DeCosse in the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; the leaders of the Associated Student Government of the past three years; the 2013-14 Honor Code Drafting Committee; and the members of the University Policy Committees who have reviewed their proposals.
    In my last Provost’s Update (June 2014), I provided a detailed update on the learning space redesign and the master planning processes. This past summer, Kenna 109, O’Connor 110, and O’Connor 210 were renovated. Faculty who have been assigned to teach in those rooms (and the previous pilot classrooms, Graham 163 and 164, Varsi 114, O'Connor 204, Engineering 602, and Alumni Science 220) will have an opportunity to learn more about the features of their classrooms and how the new designs can support teaching and learning. Information will be available in early September.

    In addition to the pilot classroom initiative, other recent improvements in classroom design and scheduling also have had a positive impact. In response to faculty feedback the University redesigned Kenna 102 to transform a classroom with limited usability into a far more functional learning space enabling more faculty to teach in the room. And the shift in the Tuesday-Thursday schedule has been effective in increasing utilization in the earliest time period. These changes in time and design have helped to create greater flexibility and have allowed the University to better meet the demand for more classroom space, even as new buildings are designed and constructed with additional learning spaces.
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