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).
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 that is 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board on Distance Education provides broad faculty input on the academic aspect of distance education at Boston University. More information on the membership and mission of the Advisory Board can be found on its website. (Kerberos required)
The Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs (APFA) works with faculty and the leaders of the schools and colleges on initiatives that support the professional development of faculty members at all stages of their careers. Additionally, the APFA serves as a resource for best practices in faculty searches and works with faculty and administration on dual career issues and faculty retention. The APFA participates in discussions concerning academic leadership appointments, faculty merit reviews, and faculty salaries on the Charles River Campus, and provides information for faculty and administration in the areas of recruitment, promotion, compensation, and work-life resources through a dedicated website.
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?
Boston University and Boston Medical Center (BMC) are committed to conducting all research activities incorporating the highest levels of ethical and research integrity and compliance with legal standards. As a result, the Research Compliance Office has been created to ensure that BU complies with city, state, and national laws, contract and grant obligations, and standards of integrity, quality, and ethics. Because multiple operational units are responsible for the overall effort to manage potential risk, the Research Compliance website is available to help researchers and staff find the offices responsible for regulations and policy making.
The Office of the Provost oversees several scholarship and fellowship programs that require the applicants to have the University’s endorsement or that allow a limited number of applicants. Among these programs are the Rhodes, British Marshall, George Mitchell, Fulbright, DAAD, Goldwater, Truman, and Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships. Many other funding opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students and may be found through online search engines, announcements to schools, and various grant publications.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at Boston University is a community of students and faculty devoted to fostering a supportive research environment for women across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. WISE programs for graduate and undergraduate students and faculty include professional development seminars and workshops, mentoring, leadership training and social events and outreach, all designed to promote success and greater diversity within the STEM fields. More information about WISE and the opportunities it offers can be found on its website.
- Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching
- Kilachand Honors College
- One BU: Unlocking the Undergraduate Experience Task Force
- Undergraduate Bulletin
- Undergraduate Council
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program