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Update on Restructuring of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer

I’d like to share an update about the restructuring of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The new structure ensures that each of our units has a clear purpose and scope. Members of the University community will know where to go and whom to contact.

Keeping you informed during the reorganization is a top priority.

This process began last fall and has included a broad cross-section of UT Arlington faculty, administrators, and staff. By April, more than 150 University representatives will have contributed to this initiative. We also have benchmarked our operations against peer and aspirational institutions to identify best practices.

The new structure strengthens the advocacy of matters relevant to each stakeholder group. For example, matters of faculty development and teaching excellence clearly fall into the domain of Faculty Affairs. For students, all operational matters related to enrollment—from registration to grades—reside in one place.

The structure also focuses attention and resources on matters of strategic importance. The creation of a unit devoted to Strategic Initiatives assures that emerging issues will be examined and resources will be allocated when merited.

In our February 12, 2013, message, we outlined eight major functional divisions that will operate within the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, in addition to our colleges and schools and the UT Arlington Library. That message also noted that the executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute will continue to report jointly to both the provost and the president.

In this communication, I will spotlight the new Division of Academic Programs and Curriculum.

Some important points are:

  • The Division of Academic Programs and Curriculum will establish policy and coordinate undergraduate and graduate programs and student academic services. A vice provost will be recruited to lead this division.
  • This unit will include Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, and University College, our successful center for undergraduate advising and tutoring.
  • It will have responsibility for coordination, policy, and advisory functions. This unit also will support new program development and approval, and it will be responsible for undergraduate and graduate student success, retention, and completion initiatives.
  • The former Graduate School now becomes Graduate Studies.
  • Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Studies will be directed by assistant vice provosts or associate vice provosts, yet to be recruited.
  • As a result of this restructuring, we will improve both the undergraduate and graduate student experience from recruitment through commencement. We also will create an efficient process that encourages motivated undergraduates to transition easily into graduate programs.

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs now looks like this—with the Division of Academic Programs and Curriculum highlighted for clarity:

Provost Organizational Chart

Extensive searches will begin soon for the open positions of vice provosts and assistant/associate vice provosts.

We will continue to work closely with the Office of Human Resources to ensure a smooth transition.

You are welcome to share this message as appropriate, and it is available on our website at www.uta.edu/provost along with a list of frequently asked questions. We will keep you updated with the latest information available, and I invite anyone who has a question to email me at provost@uta.edu.

Sincerely,

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer
UT Arlington Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs