Initiatives

ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM

The ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM mission is to organize, align, and vertically integrate programs created to advance women throughout the STEM community at Boston University. BU has a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which is reflected throughout the campus through educational opportunities and the career paths of our alumni/ae. The Office of the Provost instituted the ARROWS program to bolster STEM. With the launch of ARROWS, BU has taken a step forward to vertically integrate all programs on the Charles River and Medical Campuses to increase awareness of events, policies, and opportunities for women in STEM. For more information, please visit the ARROWS website.

BU Arts Initiative

The BU Arts Initiative was launched in 2012 to ensure that the arts are deeply embedded in the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University. In coordination with the Provost’s Arts Council, the staff of the BU Arts Initiative work to bring visibility and recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU, and to help students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience. More information on the Arts Initiative and opportunities it offers for engagement can be found on its website.

Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation (CETLI)

The Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation (CETLI) is a University-wide group charged with discussing key assertions about the potential role of educational technology both in our on-campus, residential programs and as a means for reaching new learning communities via synchronous and asynchronous technologies. The Council is co- chaired by Professor Elizabeth Loizeaux, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and Professor Azer Bestavros, Director of the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. More information can be found on the CETLI website.

Digital Learning Initiative

BU has created the Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) to address challenges and harness opportunities associated with the transformation of the higher education landscape brought forth by digital learning technologies. The Digital Learning Initiative operates in an agile, start-up mode to foster and support strategic learning innovation activities. DLI’s mission is to spearhead the University’s most innovative projects in online learning, uninhibited by pre-existing culture and structures. More information can be found on the DLI website.

Faculty Advisory Board on Course Scheduling and Classroom Use

The Faculty Advisory Board on Course Scheduling and Classroom Use advises the University leadership on course scheduling policies to maximize access to courses for students and assure that classrooms are used efficiently and courses assigned to pedagogically appropriate rooms. More information on the board’s mission and membership can be found on its webpage.

Initiative on Cities

The mission of the BU Initiative on Cities (IoC) is to engage researchers, policy makers, and constituencies from the United States and around the world to help plan for development of the sustainable infrastructure and essential services required for cities to flourish in the years ahead. Co-directed by former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Prof. Graham Wilson, Chair of the Department of Political Science, the IoC is affiliated with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and sponsors symposia, directed studies and conferences tackling a variety of municipal challenges, from economic development and health care delivery, to education, security and transportation. More information can be found on the IoC website.

Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants

A collaboration between the Office of the Provost and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants give faculty additional time and resources to create new courses or redesign existing courses that cross department, program, and school/college boundaries. The awards are intended to promote faculty and student collaboration across disciplines in support of innovative undergraduate and doctoral education. They focus particularly, but not exclusively, on courses that build on or might lead to interdisciplinary research efforts. Detailed information can be found on the program’s webpage.

Living-Learning Programs Review Committee

In the spring of 2013, Associate Provost Elizabeth Loizeaux charged the Living-Learning Programs Review Committee with the task of undertaking a comprehensive review of BU’s Specialty Houses and making recommendations for the future development of BU’s living-learning programs over the next five to ten years. The Committee produced a report in November of 2013.

To view the official charge to the Committee, the Committee members, and the November 2013 Report, please see the Living-Learning Review Committee website.

Provost’s ad hoc Committee on International Student Experiences and Institutional Impacts

BU’s international profile and character are longstanding strengths on which the University is committed to continue building. BU’s institutional success in attracting increased numbers of students from diverse backgrounds and around the world has brought a renewed set of challenges and opportunities for self-evaluation and development of the University as a vibrant and fully intentional global learning community. The Provost’s ad hoc Committee on International Student Experiences and Institutional Impacts (ISEII) is investigating ways to support the academic thriving and social engagement of BU’s international students in the broader context of educating all BU graduates for success in today’s global society. More information can be found on the ISEII website.

Senior Faculty Hiring Initiative

The Senior Faculty Hiring Initiative has been established by the University Provost in an effort to enhance the Boston University faculty with the recruitment of up to 15 exceptional senior faculty members. These individuals must demonstrate a record of excellence and the capacity for substantive academic contributions. More information on the initiative can be found in the Provost’s original announcement. Members of the Senior Faculty Hiring Initiative Advisory Committee may access materials here. (Kerberos required)

STEM Education Initiatives

Launched in 2013 by the University Provost, The Office of STEM Education Initiatives works with Boston University faculty and students to strengthen the effectiveness of instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through collaboration across Schools and Colleges and a network of interdisciplinary resources, STEM Education Initiatives support the development of innovative programs and efforts to advance training and the sharing of best practices. More information can be found on the initiative’s website.

Task Force on General Education

In November 2014, University Provost Jean Morrison appointed a Task Force on General Education, comprising distinguished faculty from across BU. Co-chaired by Elizabeth Loizeaux, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and Bruce Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor of History, the Task Force is charged with developing a coherent set of core knowledge, skills and habits of mind that will equip BU graduates- to thrive in their personal, professional and civic lives. This will involve broad consultation with faculty, students, and staff, and exploration of the relevant literature on general education and of the practices of high-quality research universities with successful general education programs. More information can be found on the Task Force’s website.