2014-16 Priority Group Accomplishments

Provost Update: Teams Wrap Up 2014-16 Priorities

  • One working plan priority is to support research, scholarship and creative activity for faculty.
  • One working plan priority is to update classrooms such as this large lecture room with fixed seating.
  • One working plan priority is to establish student success centers in each college.

Shortly after taking on the role of Provost early in spring of 2014, I began visiting with students and faculty members in their classrooms, and holding informal meetings with staff, instructors and administrators. All of you who met with me provided important input from many perspectives about the needs of campus stakeholders.

Informed by these conversations, I met with the Academic Affairs Leadership Team (AALT) to brainstorm projects and initiatives that would benefit our primary mission of supporting student success. In initial conversations, we found that many of the ideas suggested fell into three main priorities:

21st Century Teaching and Learning Spaces
Educational Excellence and Student Experience
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) and Professional Development Support

AALT members divided into priority groups after these early discussions. Team leaders added student, staff and faculty members representatives to help develop action items and specific implementation plans for each key area we identified. In the Academic Affairs Working Plan, we selected action items that we knew would have immediate and visible results on our campus. As the priority group members met weekly and solicited more input from campus stakeholders, some of the initiatives evolved but the vision remained the same: finding ways to enhance the student experience at SJSU.

Equipped with $6 million in one-time funding, these teams have completed a tremendous amount of work in less than two years and have shown a deep commitment to supporting student success. I appreciate the hard work of the priority group members as well as the participation of many other students, staff and faculty members on campus who were engaged in our efforts.

We will continue to focus on student success as a campus-wide priority. As the end of the spring 2016 semester approaches, I am pleased to share highlights of the work completed on our priorities.


Andy Feinstein
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost Outcomes Report 2016 (PDF)


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