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:
February is known for the celebration of presidential birthdays, valentines, and black history. If you are interested in presidents, there are a few books that I can personally recommend related to Presidents Washington and Lincoln. They are “Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence,” “His Excellency: George Washington,” “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” and “Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image”. All will give you a deeper insight into aspects of these two great icons of our country.
In of the spirit of Valentine's Day, I hope that many of you will also consider reaching out to your co-workers and friends this week in the “Spirit of MSU” to lift their spirits. Everyone needs a lift every so often, so why not make it this week?
I believe that it is always useful to expand your view of the world by learning from the experiences of others who have traveled a different path. Therefore, I am looking forward to attending the upcoming event: “The Experiences of Black Faculty and Staff in Higher Education,” to be held Monday, February 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Bost Auditorium. If you would also like to take part in this event, you can register at the following site: http://www.hrm.msstate.edu/development/upcoming. Thanks to the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities for putting this on.
I want to bring to your attention a study abroad opportunity for our students to study in Morocco at the Université Internationale de Rabat (UIR). We have just signed an agreement with UIR to jointly offer an undergraduate program in automotive engineering (through Mechanical Engineering). You can find the information at this site: http://www.international.msstate.edu/pdf/abroad/study/Rabat.pdf.
I attended a seminar last week hosted by the Center for Teaching & Learning in which Dr. Rodney Pearson presented data gathered using his Graduation Positioning System. He emphasized the fact that the data shows that student absences negatively impact student grades. On average, each class absence lowers the final grade in the class by 0.2 of a letter grade. I hope that you will encourage our students to attend class and that faculty will take attendance on a regular basis.
At Mississippi State, I remember daily that our greatest asset is our people – our students, our faculty, our staff, our alumni, our donors, our fans. Last week, we lost one of our people, MSU alumnus and Congressman Alan Nunnelee. I extend my wishes for strength and comfort to the Nunnelee family and to other members of the Bulldog family who have experienced recent personal loss.
The days are now getting longer and, before you know it, it will be spring. I hope that the prospect of spring and the spiritual metaphor that it conveys will brighten your spirits.
With warm regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President
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