Today I have the honor of beginning to serve as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University. I am excited to begin this new adventure, and to work with the dedicated administrators, faculty, and staff from this office and across MSU in improving the learning, persistence, and success of all of our undergraduate students.
As part of starting this new position, I am writing this inaugural “From the Associate Provost” post. I plan to use this forum to describe programmatic and policy plans, discuss issues confronting undergraduate education, and to advertise and celebrate the accomplishments of MSU faculty, staff, and students.
I thought a fitting start for these posts would be to state my goals for this office, summarized in the draft vision and mission statements below:
Vision: The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education works to ensure that all MSU students receive the support needed to learn, persist, and graduate in a timely fashion; that equity, inclusion, diversity, and global competency are integrated into all aspects of the undergraduate program; and that all students develop as life-long learners with the capacity to effect positive change in the world.
Mission: The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education works with colleagues, colleges, and student support units across campus to accelerate improvement in student learning, persistence, and success, and to improve the graduation rate as well as reduce the time-to-degree for all students. We take a student-centric, systemic, and holistic view of the MSU student experience to improve coherence and alignment in the undergraduate program, and a proactive approach to student advising and support to enable all students to succeed. The office is committed to integrating equity, inclusion, diversity, and global competency into all aspects of the undergraduate program at Michigan State University, and is focused on closing the opportunity gaps between first-generation, low socioeconomic status, and underrepresented student groups and students from more privileged backgrounds.
I look forward to engaging with the MSU community through this website, and encourage feedback and suggestions about the material presented here via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
R. Sekhar Chivukula
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Dean of Undergraduate Studies