Provost Announces Staff Focus on Student Retention, Distance Education

Posted: September 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Provost Peter Stearns has announced a slight reorganization of the Office of the Provost designed to eliminate some confusion and overlap in responsibilities. Linda Schwartzstein, vice provost for academic affairs, and Julie Christensen, associate provost for educational programs, will assume some new duties in their current positions.

Schwartzstein will focus on student enrollment and retention and will have oversight of recruitment and marketing. “This is a huge responsibility,” says Stearns. “But we know from the 2007 plan that we will see substantial growth in enrollment, and we need to focus on retention of those students.”

Christensen will continue her efforts in the international sphere, but will also undertake a review of the university’s distance education efforts, Stearns says. “It’s not well coordinated and we don’t have a good sense of what the economics are and what they ought to be. We don’t know what we want and where we’d like to be.”

Faculty committees on student recruitment and retention as well as distance education will also be established, Stearns adds.

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