Messages from the Provost

  • January 2015
    Dear Faculty and Staff:

    I hope that 2015 will be a great year for each of you. It looks like enrollment for spring 2015 will be slightly up, and we think that is a very good sign for increased growth at MSU for the upcoming academic year.

    Earlier in January, we released a new website to connect undergraduate students with faculty for research and creative discovery opportunities. Students can search for ways to become involved in the knowledge creation process on the site (www.urcd.msstate.edu). I encourage faculty to log-in to the site with their NetID and password under the “Faculty” tab to list current projects that undergraduates can consider. We hope to expose more of our undergraduate students to the advantages of being at a flagship research university.

    This academic year, we have implemented attendance scanners in a number of large classrooms to encourage faculty to more frequently report absences to Banner. Other universities are also looking to cut down on students missing class, as was reported last week in the Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/articles/cracking-down-on-skipping-class-1421196743). This effort and others will help us increase our retention and graduation rates and enhance the success of our students.

    Today, you were asked via MSU Announcement to take part in a campus survey being conducted by the Work-Life Balance Committee. I hope that you will take the time to complete the brief survey so that the Committee can get a sense of how our employees are dealing with issues related to work-life balance.

    Later in the semester, we will be bringing the renowned Kinsey Collection to the MSU Library. This collection is an award-winning touring exhibit of African American art, historical artifacts, books, and other original material. I hope you will make plans to view the exhibit in the John Grisham Room of Mitchell Memorial Library during the months of March-June.

    Best wishes for a great semester.

    With warm regards,


    Jerry Gilbert
    Provost and Executive Vice President