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.
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.
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.
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 & Planning in coordination with the Vice President for Budget & Capital Planning.
Proposals for additions and modifications to Boston University’s wide range of academic programs are subject to careful review at many levels. Successful proposals should meet the highest standards of intellectual cogency, academic need, and alignment with the school or college and University strategic plans. The eCAP system allows schools and colleges to easily submit proposals online using a standard form, upload the relevant supporting documents, as well as track and view the proposal’s status as it moves through the review process. View procedures for new degree proposals.
Program Learning Outcomes Assessment at Boston University provides faculty a means to ask a fundamental question about the programs they design and teach: by completing a given set of courses and other requirements, do students actually acquire, in the end, the particular knowledge, skills, habits of mind, and attitudes faculty intend? If not—or if not fully enough—what pedagogical and curricular reforms can be undertaken to improve student learning?