Welcome to the Office of the Provost

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June Pierce Youatt
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

From the Provost's Desk

I would like to extend my personal congratulations to the MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students who were recognized February 7 at the 2017 Awards Convocation. Their achievements reflect a commitment to excellence that is grounded in MSU’s mission and core values, and that will help drive the kind of innovation needed to advance the University.

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The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer for Michigan State University, providing leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty, students, and staff. The Provost oversees the quality of programs of instruction and research through collaborative work with deans, departmental chairs, and other Vice Presidents, addressing issues such as effective planning, good management, and program reviews. Additionally, the Provost is responsible for overseeing academic and budgetary planning and priorities.

The Provost helps ensure the quality of the faculty by administering and monitoring procedures and criteria for faculty appointments and promotions, working conditions, and tenure. The Provost works to ensure the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum and encouraging and coordinating initiatives in undergraduate education. In addition, the Provost coordinates recruiting and admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs.