As the chief academic officer for Cal State San Marcos, the provost ensures the integrity and excellence of academic affairs. The provost oversees the deans of the colleges, extended learning, instructional and information technology services, and the university library, as well as the division’s academic associate vice presidents and the vice provost.
The world as we know it has changed irrevocably and with that may come grief as we let go of the way things used to be and embrace the way that things will need to be, moving forward into the fall. Our ability to be flexible and creative and resilient has never been more challenged than at this moment. But we do have a little more time to plan for it, this time around.
I know that this semester has been unprecedented as we pivoted very quickly to a virtual environment. I am very proud of our students, faculty and staff for making that transition with a deep commitment to our students and their continued success. Having said that, it was not perfect and we focused on achieving our overall learning outcomes so that students could continue their education without interruption.
The Chancellor’s office announcement stating that most classes will be held virtually, reflects a deep commitment to the safety of our students, faculty and staff and indeed to the greater public good. It also allows us to plan and train our faculty and staff to deliver better quality instruction based on sound pedagogical principles. As we move into next semester, we are launching a large scale faculty training series this summer which focuses on research based ways to increase student engagement and student success.
I promise you that in the fall our faculty will be better prepared and more of our courses will have incorporated practices based on sound pedagogical principles. We hope our students return to us and we have the opportunity to give them the education that they deserve. We will place their safety and academic success as our top priority.