Office of the Provost

Community Engagement Summary for “Academic Quality”

The campus-wide dialogue on “Enhancing the Academic Quality and Stature of Southern Methodist University: Analyses and Opportunities” followed an inclusive process to obtain feedback from across the University community.  Between mid-October 2017 and mid-January 2018, we provided a series of in-person and electronic opportunities to solicit questions, comments, and suggestions.

Provost Town Hall Forums

On November 13th and 16th in Crum Auditorium, SMU’s Provost Steve Currall hosted town hall forums that provided nearly 200 faculty and staff a venue to discuss SMU’s emerging new vision for academic quality.  Joining Provost Currall were Fred Chang, Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Chair of the Task Force on Scholarly Research and Creative Impact; Tom DiPiero, Dean of Dedman College and Chair of the Task Force on Creative and Interactive Technology; and Jim Quick, Associate Vice President for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Chair of the Task Force on Data Science and Analytics.  Click the graphic below to enlarge an illustration created by SMU's Mary Stall of the key themes emerging from the town halls:

 

Additional Feedback Opportunities

SMU’s deans held eight smaller group gatherings of 30 or fewer faculty and staff. More than 150 people signed up to participate in those discussion groups.  At the invitation of Faculty Senate President (Professor Paul Krueger), the Provost made a presentation before the Senate to address questions and to receive their ideas and suggestions.  The Provost also held additional discussions with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. The Senate’s Student Policies Committee, the Committee on Research and Graduate Education, and ad hoc committees on data science and the East Campus have also provided written responses to the draft Academic Quality document.  In partnership with SMU Trustee Kelly Compton, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the SMU Board of Trustees, numerous discussions were held with SMU’s Board members to receive their thoughts and perspectives.

Feedback period has now ended

Thank you for participating in our important campus dialogue regarding “Academic Quality.” We are already making good progress in terms of planning for and allocating financial resources to address Continuing the Ascent’s recommendations to enhance the academic quality and stature of SMU and will keep you informed throughout the process.