Provost’s Newsletter

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Institutional Research Board | Quality Initiative | Visits to Academic Departments | Why are Students Leaving UALR? Survey | Academic Restructuring – Second Phase | Provost Faculty Advisory Board | Coming Soon

Institutional Research Board

I was invited to meet with the Institutional Research Board (IRB) on October 3, 2013, which presented an opportunity for me to express appreciation to the board members for their dedication and hard work. They serve a very important role for our institution. From the meeting, I gained a better understanding of the type of support they need from the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research.

Quality Initiative

The first meeting of the full Quality Initiative (QI) team was held on October 10, 2013. The motivation for the project was presented. Also, the charge and timeline for each of the three committees was discussed. The Metrics or Outreach Committee had its first meeting yesterday, the Analytics Committee met this morning, and the Systems Committee will have its first meeting this coming Monday. This important project is on track to meet the Fall 2014 deadline for submission to the Higher Learning Commission as part of our institutional re-accreditation process.

Visits to Academic Departments

In the week of October 7-11, I completed visits to the departments of the College of Engineering and Information Technology. The only visits remaining are to the departments of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. These visits will be scheduled for the next couple of months.

Why are Students Leaving UALR? Survey

The Chancellor’s Direct Report Group Subgroup on Recruitment and Retention is working with the UALR Institute of Government Survey Research Center to create and distribute a survey to students who have left the institution within the last five years. The goal is to understand why students are leaving UALR without completing a degree.

Academic Restructuring – Second Phase

A second phase of academic restructuring will occur in all colleges. In the Law School, the College of Business, and the College of Engineering and Information Technology, this process will be led by the academic deans. For the three new colleges, Arts, Letters, and Sciences; Education and Health Professions; and Social Sciences and Communications, a transition team consisting of one faculty member, one chair, and one associate dean will facilitate the process.

The individuals on the transition team are Shannon Collier-Tenison, Associate Professor of Social Work, George Jensen, Chair of Rhetoric and Writing, and Sonja Premeaux, Associate Dean of the College of Business. Each member of the team will serve as liaison for one of the new colleges as follows:

  • Arts, Letters, and Sciences – Sonya Premeaux
  • Education and Health Professions – George Jensen
  • Social Sciences and Communications – Shannon Collier-Tenison

The charge to the Transition Team members is to establish a timeline for the second phase of restructuring that will result in new colleges by June 30, 2014. This timeline will include developing a profile for college deans so that searches can begin in February. It will also include early discussions with departments/units that will be part of the new colleges to understand the specific issues to be addressed during the transition. In addition, it will facilitate discussions called for in phase two of the provost’s restructuring report (pp. 13-15). The Transition Team will meet with the Provost weekly. As needed, it also will meet with an administrative work group, led by Associate Vice Chancellor Drale, that will address budgetary and other administrative issues associated with the transition.

In addition to the tasks outlined in the provost’s restructuring report, liaisons will work with new colleges to:

  1. Elect faculty senators in consultation with Faculty Senate President Andrew Wright
  2. Decide on courses for inclusion in the college core (for the newly formed core)
  3. Discuss college governance (college assembly, bylaws, etc.)
  4. Populate college committees (curriculum, awards, etc.)

The liaisons will work with representatives of current colleges to ensure faculty involvement in phase two decisions. Phase Two Document

Provost Faculty Advisory Board

As part of the plan to develop a student-centered culture at UALR, a Faculty Advisory Board to the Provost has been created. Two representatives from each college in the revised organizational structure and the library were selected to serve on the board from nominations submitted by the deans. The board will meet monthly and consider topics and agenda items suggested by the membership or the Provost.

Provost Faculty Advisory BoardMembership List

Coming Soon

  • Faculty Fellows Program
  • Faculty Lunches with the Provost
  • Conversations with the Provost
  • Academic Advising Task Force
  • Additional Programs to Foster Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Analysis of recommendation from the Academic Restructuring Steering Committee to create the Division of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research
  • Community Connection Center (C3)
  • Task force to explore the possibility of establishing an Honors College
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