Updates from the Provost's Office

  • The Academic Strategic Plan development has already begun with a schedule of listening sessions held by the Provost with various units. These sessions, along with other sources/opportunities for input, will inform an initial draft of the plan. Community review and revision of the drafts will occur in October, with a final version to be presented to the Senior Leadership Team in November.
  • My goal is to have open office hours Mondays from 9-10 a.m., Thursdays from 2-3 p.m., and to have an open-invitation lunch Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Student Center. These are times where if you are free and want to chat, you can drop-by for a social and/or more private conversation. Of course, if those times are not convenient, feel free to reach out to set a time to connect.
  • I would like to thank all of our colleagues who participated in developing the proposal for a university-wide senate model. We will be picking up that work soon and I will share updates as we progress.
  • I have asked Bryan Hall, Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, to organize a group of colleagues to author and/or review programmatic proposals for academic programs that are not entirely/solely housed in a particular college or the library (such as the GLOBAL Inclusive Program, Bachelor of Liberal Arts, and future others). This advisory group has representation from across the academic units and will bring submissions to RUAC for review, ensuring faculty governance over programmatic/curricular changes when a singular college council review is not possible.
  • Regarding the GLOBAL Inclusive program, I would like to strongly encourage faculty to consider contributing by having a class in the program. Opening one of your classes to this program has benefits of not just supporting GLOBAL students, but enriching the learning environment for neurotypical students, and informing/developing your own teaching. There are supports (funding!) for faculty who want to try this, please contact Jeanine Coleman if you have any questions and/or want to inquire about offering one of your classes.
  • I am thrilled to share that Regis has been added to the National Organization of Victim Assistance’s (NOVA) Youth Advocacy Corps grant. The Youth Advocacy Corps seeks to uplift and support the voices of marginalized youth in victim advocacy. 15 to 18 (3 from Regis) student fellows will be given training, mentorship, and a paid field-placement in a local victim service organization. Huge thanks to Shanese McGregor for agreeing to be the campus lead.
  • As shared in prior communication, we will be partnering with the National Institute of Health’s All of Us mobile research unit. There are two significant components of this partnership – one being the physical hosting of the research unit October 2-5. Members of Regis and external community members can engage with the research unit either for educational purposes and/or as participants in providing information to the data collection effort. The second opportunity is for Regis to have access to the robust All of Us datasetAccess can be obtained via https://workbench.researchallofus.org/login. Thank you so much to the various folks from MarCom, Physical Plant, Campus Safety, Academic Affairs, and others for making all of this possible.