Strategic Planning

The Office of the Provost provides a variety of services and tools designed to assist academic units and administrators with self-assessment and the continual development of programs and learning space. From the annual budget process and academic space planning to the ongoing review of academic programs, these processes offer critical structure and institutional support, enabling administrators to effectively and efficiently plan for the future.

Academic Program Review

The systematic and recurring review of academic programs at Boston University is an essential element of our ongoing effort to promote critical reflection, self-assessment, and strategic planning toward our goals. The information gathered as part of the review process helps to foster academic excellence within the unit, identify methods to increase quality, and provide critical guidance for administrative decisions. The review process is led by the Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, working in close collaboration with the academic and administrative leadership of units under review.

Academic Space Planning

The Office of the Provost facilitates space planning with the schools and colleges, establishes priorities for improvement projects, and serves as principal liaison from the academic units to Facilities Management & Planning (FM&P) and the President’s Committee on Space Planning & Capital Expenditures (SPACE). This process is coordinated and directed by the Assistant Provost for Academic Space Planning.

Budget Planning

Boston University’s annual budget development process maps out strategic financial planning for the coming year. In keeping with the President’s University-wide budget guidelines, the University Provost hosts budget hearings to discuss the evolving strategic priorities for schools, colleges, and administrative units and to develop strategies for achieving collective goals. The Provost’s annual budget process is managed by the Associate Provost for Budget and Planning in coordination with the Vice President for Budget and Planning.