Office of the Provost

April 23, 2018

Fake news and misinformation: Why teaching critical thinking is crucial for democracy

Jerry Baldasty

Democracies live and die by the ability of their people to access information and engage in robust discussions based upon facts. These days, however, our democracies are straining under the weight of the growing distrust of core societal institutions. Our institutions are under siege – as people have lost faith in religious organizations, higher education,…


March 28, 2018

Health Services Administration shares services to better support academic, clinical work

Jerry Baldasty

Two years ago, Dave Anderson, executive director of Health Sciences Administration, pointed out the duplication of services throughout the 10 health sciences units that reported to him. From human resources to IT support to accounting, each unit’s staffing, resources and practices were a bit different. There was little doubt this duplication was costing units resources…


February 12, 2018

Redeploying existing funds to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff

Jerry Baldasty

The story is the same at nearly every public university in the United States – revenue is flat, and unlikely to grow any time soon. Here at the UW, we may see small increases in funding from tuition, the state legislature or granting agencies. But gone are the days in which the state provided 70…


January 23, 2018

Spring courses to be assigned definite time, classroom before registration

Philip J. Reid

Each quarter, the University offers approximately 4,000 courses on the Seattle campus. With that many courses, a finite number of classrooms and growing enrollment, scheduling has become complex and difficult. In one recent academic quarter, nearly one-third of classroom assignments were made long after the requests were made – in some instances, just prior to…


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