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Following the President’s Retreat, Interim Provost Tracy created the Office for Student Success as part of a larger re-organization effort, the Office for Student Success assumed responsibility for retention activities as well as serving as an organizational umbrella for Student Affairs, the International Center, Division of Undergraduate Education. Enrollment Management and the Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.
Presentations from the President's Retreat in summer 2012 are also available on this page.
The Office for Student Success became responsible for coordinating the efforts of the task force. What follows is the memo to the university community outlining the Office for Student Success.
In continuing efforts to improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of university administration and operations, a comprehensive assessment of the activities of the Office of the Provost was conducted. This analysis is critical to assuring that our administrative structure is optimally aligned to meet the Board of Trustees directive to enhance undergraduate education and maximize student success and graduation. In addition, as we continue to deal with the unprecedented budget cuts, these efforts take on even more importance.
Our initial analyses were directed at evaluating the offices directly reporting to the Provost and the alignment of these offices with the stated goals, allowing the Provost to devote more attention to the needs of the eighteen colleges (including libraries and the graduate school) and creating a focus on student success for undergraduate, professional and graduate students. In reviewing options for the future, many factors were considered, including utilization, workload and the future strategic role of Provost’s Office. These changes have resulted in eliminating four administrative positions, reducing by seven the number of direct reports to the Provost through changes in reporting, creating a new position and transferring two units to colleges. With respect to changes in staffing levels, four Associate Provost positions have been eliminated and the position of Senior Vice Provost for Student Success has been created.
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Dan O’Hair (Dean of the College of Communication and Information) will serve in this role on an interim basis as a 50% assignment. A schematic depicting the changes for each position is also included. Through these efforts it is hoped that we can position the Office of the Provost to better serve the university community in general and the colleges, in particular.