Office of the Provost

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…

January 8, 2018

Asking questions

Jerry Baldasty

“A key to understanding what makes teaching intellectually interesting for faculty is not to consider what the faculty bring to the classroom, but rather to consider what the students bring. In particular, the students bring their questions. We faculty cannot wait to hear your questions.” With that, Professor Sarah Keller, who teaches Chemistry and Physics,…

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