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Priorities and Initiatives

Supporting MSU’s academic mission

The priorities and initiatives of the Office of the Provost are guided by its mission and fundamental values. While the mission and values that guide the Office of the Provost remain steadfast, unique priorities and initiatives emerge each academic year.

During Provost Woodruff’s initial year as provost, the priorities and initiatives listed below guided much of the work of the Office of the Provost as it not only maintained, but fostered, MSU’s commitments to academic excellence and student success.
Enable the best structure, function, talent, and relationships to support the achievement of Office of the Provost goals and commitments.
Lead efforts to create a “prospects to alumni” enrollment and student success strategy focused on aligning university stakeholders on inclusive and equitable goals for recruiting, admissions, success, and student experience.
Elevate and enhance MSU’s national and global reputation by framing MSU’s academic values, research accomplishments, and pedagogical strategies – and by promoting faculty diversity, quality, and success.
Develop strategies that produce short-term fiscal stability for the institution while building and shaping the institution of our collective future.

Work on academic strategic plan implementation has begun, in support of aligning academic planning and implementation efforts, both university-wide and locally, with MSU’s recently announced Strategic Plan 2030 – Empowering Excellence, Advancing Equity, Expanding Impact and its broader institutional goals. 

Dr. Dave Weatherspoon, assistant provost for academic strategic planning, is leading academic strategic and implementation initiatives, working closely with the Office of Planning and Budgets and the director of Assessment, Academic Program Review, and Accreditation.

Advance MSU’s academic outreach across Michigan, nationally, and internationally, incorporating existing and emerging efforts. As the University anticipates cross-institutional priorities from its Strategic Planning Process to be announced shortly, the Office of the Provost stands ready to align academic efforts in support of broader institutional goals.

Honorifics

The faculty of Michigan State University possess great underlying strengths which are recognized at every level –internationally and nationally, locally and internally. Such honorifics elevate the stature of the university’s intellectual work to national and global prominence and foster a community of scholars with high standards and aspirations. These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments, achievements, and contributions of our exceptional researchers, educators, and community members and bring great pride to the institution.

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Academic Resources

Support for faculty and student success.

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