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Outstanding Public Service Award
Do you know of a faculty or staff member who has made exemplary contributions to the common good through public service? Nominate him or her for the University’s 2014 Outstanding Public Service Award by Friday, January 24, 2014.
October 14, 2013
Dear UW community,
The University of Washington’s accreditation evaluation team visited campus October 7-9, and provided President Young and me with an oral preliminary overview of its report before leaving our campus Wednesday.
The team members (lead by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block) praised UW for outstanding and innovative work.
In addition, the evaluation team commended UW in 7 areas:
- For a robust response to financial challenges, and particularly for a strategic response to conditions (e.g., Two Years/Two Decades and the Sustainable Academic Business Plan, Organizational Effectiveness, and Activity Based Budgeting).
- For maintaining access to the University, particularly at the undergraduate level. The team cited Husky Promise as a particularly important part of this work.
- For enhancing the undergraduate experience through a remarkable climate of collaboration across campus (among central units, libraries, and academic schools and colleges). The team specifically mentioned our focus on undergraduate research and the Husky Leadership Initiative.
- For the remarkable leadership of UW Libraries in creating effective collaborations across campus, particularly with academic schools and colleges.
- For a highly distinguished leadership in Health Sciences, including (a) the collaborative WAMI medical education program, (b) interdisciplinary research (e.g., South Lake Union focus) and (c) the partnership between Medicine and Public Health to create UW’s Department of Global Health.
- For UW Tacoma and UW Bothell: these campuses have created a rich identity and culture that is distinct from the Seattle campus but that still is clearly part of the UW’s mission.
- For strong graduation rates among UW student athletes.
The evaluation team made four recommendations to guide UW in the years ahead:
- Create a plan to bring faculty salaries to the median of our peers.
- Create concrete and measurable goals around our three core themes (research and scholarship, teaching and learning, service); rely on both qualitative and quantitative measures.
- Create more assessment – in an integrated and comprehensive approach – to support university planning and initiatives.
- Enhance communication between staff and institutional leadership.
We will receive the full report in 3-4 weeks. Thanks for your engagement with this process!
Ana Mari Cauce
Provost and Executive Vice President
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