Provost-level initiatives lead the way to create prominent, near-term actions with campus partners in areas of strategic priority that are meaningful to students, faculty and staff. While countless initiatives are undertaken at the unit level, provost-level initiatives ensure that the University as a whole is on track to greet the 21st century head on.
Ensuring transformative educational experiences for our students—inside and outside the classroom—so they graduate with the passion, skills, and knowledge that lead to meaningful lives and successful careers.
Meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse and digitally savvy UW community while putting learning first as we approach teaching and learning in the digital age.
Facilitating collaborative research, teaching and learning within and across disciplines and institutions to improve our ability to nimbly address society’s complex challenges.
Providing the UW community with resources and consultation services for improving planning and work processes, increasing effectiveness, and measuring success.
Bringing together groups responsible for UW assessment of effectiveness at the institutional level to inform accreditation and program reviews, measure student learning, and share institutional metrics.
Developing the spaces, programs, and partnerships that foster an innovation ecosystem with meaningful and lasting impact.
Campus of the 21st Century: Improving physical and virtual environments (2011–12)
This initiative brought together campus planners to develop a shared approach to improving the UW’s physical and virtual environments. It began in response to a need identified to increase collaborative, flexible, and technology-enhanced spaces—spaces that often serve diverse groups across unit boundaries. The committee developed a common vision and goals, and increased communication across units and campuses. Former committee members continue to work together to achieve these goals as part of their regular activities within the offices of Planning & Budgeting, Finance and Facilities, and Information Technology. A task force on learning spaces is currently active as part of the Teaching & Learning initiative.
Enhance Student Services Initiative: Supporting student success (2011–12)
The Enhance Student Services Initiative began as in 2011 as a joint venture of the Graduate School, University Libraries, the Office of Student Life, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs to identify areas to better collaborate around student success. In 2012, the same core group turned their focus to the Student Experience, since renamed the Husky Experience. The Husky Experience set out to systematically address how the UW approaches student services to attract and retain outstanding students, help them succeed inside and outside the classroom, and chart a course for success after graduation. These efforts continue as a major UW initiative led by the Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, a new position created in no small part to support the key goals of this work.
Program Evaluation Initiative: Evidence-based decision-making (2010–11)
During a time of drastic budget cuts, the Program Evaluation Initiative was created to help the provost make difficult decisions based on clear criteria and evidence. This effort drafted and vetted criteria for decision-making and added comprehensive metrics to the annual budget review process. In 2012, the budget review process included academic program evaluation criteria and metrics. In 2013, administrative program evaluation criteria and metrics were implemented. Program Evaluation is now managed by the Office of Planning and Budget.