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 everyone had a chance to get away or slow down over the week of spring break. Now that we are well into March, we are in the second half of the spring semester, and I know we are all looking forward to warmer days ahead.
With regard to our missed class days due to weather, I hope that faculty will look for ways to make sure that you adequately deliver the instructional material to your students. We are no longer held to a strict standard of scheduling replacement class days. Consequently, the university will not be setting aside specific days for classes to be held in addition to those remaining in the schedule. However, I hope you will look for ways to accommodate student learning such as on-line and out of class assignments. If you have any questions about making up missed class time, please contact the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
In checking our overall reporting of class attendance and reporting of mid-term grades, the news is not as good as we had hoped it would be. Class attendance for all students was reported in only 33.5% of our class sections, and mid-term grades were posted for 44.3% of the sections. For freshmen, these numbers were higher: attendance reporting was around 58% and mid-term grade posting was about 65%. I encourage faculty to report attendance and mid-term grades so that we can have the ability to know which students are at higher risk of not being successful in a semester.
I want to remind faculty about Maroon & Write, our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), developed as part of our SACSCOC reaffirmation process. The program fosters improved writing skills for our students. Faculty members can become involved in two ways: participation in the Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence (MIWE) and participation in other faculty development activities. The MIWE guides faculty in syllabus redesign to include a formal writing assignment in a specific course. Information on the MIWE and other resources can be found at the website: www.qep.msstate.edu. Our goal is to graduate students who “are equipped with skills in communication and critical thinking” and who “are prepared to be leaders in their profession and communities.”
There has been good response to our new website developed to highlight undergraduate research and creative discovery: http://www.urcd.msstate.edu/. Please consider posting undergraduate research opportunities on this site if you have not already done so. My thanks go to Scott Maynard and his committee for developing this valuable resource, and to those who have posted on the site.
Best wishes for the second half of the semester.
With warm regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President
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