Welcome to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of academic integrity and quality of our academic programs. Our goal is to facilitate the success of our students and faculty in all endeavors. Our students are engaged in learning in the classroom and in countless co-curricular activities. Similarly, our faculty members engage in all three facets of our land-grant mission: learning, research, and service. Our overriding commitment is excellence in all that we do.
Mississippi State University is emerging as one of the nation's premier public universities, one with both a local and global focus. The Carnegie Foundation has classified MSU as a Research University with Very High Research Activity and a university that is committed to Community Engagement. Our faculty and students are addressing the intellectual issues and research challenges of the twenty-first century.
We are proud that our academic programs prepare our students to be our nation's future global leaders.
Jerome A. Gilbert
Provost and Executive Vice President
Message from the Provost
Dear Faculty and Staff:
I hope that you are all looking forward to a great holiday break and the Orange Bowl, either in person or on TV. It has been a great year for MSU.
We have made considerable progress in addressing the goals of our Strategic Plan, State of Excellence. http://www.msstate.edu/web/excellence/ We are increasing the quality and diversity of our incoming students. This past fall we put in place a number of student success programs which are going to significantly impact our retention and graduation rates. IHL recently approved a new B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology. Our study abroad numbers have increased and the International Institute is expanding our global reach. Research metrics remain strong and interdisciplinary research is increasing. This spring we will roll out a new website for Undergraduate Research and Creative Discovery to connect students with ongoing research projects. Our service-learning and community outreach activities are at an all-time high. We have made progress towards addressing full professor and associate professor salary compression and have implemented a string of annual merit raises for staff and faculty. The Master Plan Development and Advisory Committee has been active in overseeing the expansion and improvement of our campus infrastructure. And finally, we have already exceeded by over 10% our goal of increasing our university endowment to $400M.
This week in Nashville, we received good news from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges of our reaffirmation of accreditation for Mississippi State University. The reaffirmation process included an off-site peer review of the documentation submitted by MSU and a campus visit from a group of our peers to complete the review process. In addition, during the campus visit, the visiting team approved our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Maroon and Write. Maroon and Write is designed to enhance the writing skills of undergraduate students by incorporating writing to learn strategies in a variety of courses across the curriculum. The QEP Office will be moving to 280 Magruder Street after the first of the year.
Thanks in large part to a successful and highly impressive football season, along with new processes being implemented in Admissions and Scholarships (now in Academic Affairs) and great efforts in the academic units, our applications for incoming freshmen for the fall of 2015 are up nearly 20%. We are hopeful that we will see freshman class numbers in the fall that are 5 to 10% higher than this past fall.
Thank you for contributing to a great year in 2014. Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to all.
With warm regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President
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