Provost Office Annual Goals

Goals for 2020-21

The mission of the Office of the Provost is to advance excellence in teaching and learning at Gustavus. Our vision is one of successfully:

  • Partnering with faculty and staff to help them achieve excellence in teaching, research/scholarship/creativity, and service.
  • Supporting students through a curricular and co-curricular experience that prepares them for lives of leadership and service.
  • Promoting educational practices that are innovative, inclusive, interdisciplinary, global and true to our College mission and values.

The 2020-21 goals of the Provost's Office center upon support of faculty, staff, and students through the opportunity and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, with additional focus upon education and efforts toward the fostering of a more racially just and inclusive community. 

I. Faculty support

a. Communicate clearly, effectively, and regularly with faculty regarding current events that impact our collective work (e.g., COVID, racial justice, changes to process/procedures, new resources). 
b. Encourage work and education within committees, academic departments and individual faculty on racial justice, equity, and inclusion
c. In collaboration with the Kendall Center, provide extensive resources toward best practices in online/hybrid teaching and learning
d. Assemble focus group(s) to discuss new initiatives to support visiting and tenure-track faculty, with a lens toward equity and inclusion
e. Guide departments conducting tenure-track searches by providing resources on best equity and inclusion practices and adaptations for remote work/meetings/interactions with candidates 
f. Update and incorporate into the FY22 budget progress toward the 50th percentile AAUP goal for faculty compensation
g. Support faculty and staff in creation of anti-bias and anti-racist tutor and TA training
h. Facilitate progress toward faculty consideration of possible changes to faculty status and rank definitions
i. Share relevant academic data regarding BIPOC and white/caucasian students with departments and programs. 

II. Student Support

a. Work with faculty and staff to create educational resources toward anti-bias anti-racist tutor and TA training 
b. Facilitate creation of resources that support student learning and multimodal communication in hybrid and online environments 
c. Act as the conduit for students who desire or require to be 100% online and those who are more significantly impacted by COVID-19 conditions
d. Ensure equitable access to courses for all students, including those who have documented accommodations or those who face various hardships, in collaboration with other campus offices 
e. Facilitate faculty development toward best practices in online/hybrid and inclusive student advising

III. Curricular Innovation

a. Support the launch of the Challenge Curriculum and new Three Crowns Curriculum: i. Evaluate student and faculty understanding to determine what additional resources are needed for explanatory purposes; ii. Plan and pilot direct, embedded assessments of curricular effectiveness; iii. Create mechanisms to expand faculty capacity and understanding to teach in new general education areas and course types
b. Communicate broadly the changes to January term, both in course types and departmental planning 
c. Support continued discussion, consideration, and possible development of sustainability courses, a track, and/or requirement within the new curriculum

IV. Research, Scholarship and Creativity (RSC)

a. Develop a strategic plan to support faculty and student RSC, internal and external grants
b. Enhance compliance and support for ethics and safety in RSC (i.e., IRB, IACUC, Lab Safety, RECR)
c. Broaden visibility of faculty and student RSC on web platforms
d. Begin work to evaluate campus climate around equitable access and toward broadening participation in RSC activities

V. Academic Honesty

a. Conduct course pilots and collect resultant data on best academic honesty practices for online teaching 
b. Develop a Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creativity (RCR) pilot program 
c. Endorse work of the Honor Board in bringing academic honesty forward as a faculty discussion topic to determine whether updates/revisions to current policy are necessary 

VI. Accreditation

a. Submit a high-quality Distance Education Waiver Extension Level 2 application to HLC for Fall 2020 instructional plans 
b. Submit a high-quality substantive change application to allow Gustavus the ability to offer Distance Education, Level 2 on a continued basis. 
c. Submit a thorough and well-vetted interim report on assessment by October 30, 2020. 
d. Submit the substantive change application for the Master-Athletic Training program and plan for a likely on-campus visit. 
e. Support Nursing, Education, and Athletic Training in their planned accreditation processes for 2020-21. 

Past Goals