The Office of the Provost works with the president to advance initiatives stemming from the university's strategic plan, The 20/20 Vision. Initiatives and ideas for new programs and projects come from the faculty, staff, students, and other constituents of Webster University.
The six new working groups for Academic Year 12-13 will review Webster's practices, investigate best – and next – practices, and make recommendations for change and for actions which will leverage Webster's uniqueness and align with our mission, vision and values.
Campus Master Planning
A major initiative of Webster's Strategic Plan, The 20/20 Vision, is to finalize and implement a new St. Louis-based facilities master plan. Provost Schuster will lead the master plan initiative. The process, which began in September 2011, will comprise four phases: assessment, exploration, master plan development and community engagement.
Webster has engaged Sasaki, an internationally recognized planning and urban design firm, to develop the master plan, which will guide the Webster Groves campus planning for the next 15 years and beyond.
Global Citizenship Project
The Global Citizenship Program (GCP), the title of Webster's general education program, was approved by the faculty in March 2011. The mission of the GCP is to ensure that every undergraduate student emerges from Webster University with the core competencies required for responsible global citizenship in the 21st Century.
Implementation of the initiative is underway, with the Global Citizenship Program Committee and other academics and administrators working to develop courses and curriculum, integrate learning, and administer the program.
Webster University will participate in the American Council on Education's (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory as part of their 2011-2012 cohort of institutions. The Internationalization Laboratory will provide the unique opportunity to share best practices with other institutions and to benefit from the expertise of ACE senior staff.
An Internationalization Steering Committee will be charged to inventory and review our internationalization efforts, analyze them, and develop a strategic plan for long-term success and growth. The Committee will focus on connecting and creating synergy among international initiatives, identifying gaps in internationalization efforts, and proposing ways to improve, expand, and deepen the impacts of our programs.
Academic Program Review and Prioritization
Academic Program Review and Prioritization is an initiative advancing Webster University's commitment to achieving global academic and operational excellence.
In 2011-2012, academic programs will be reviewed for alignment with mission, vision, values, and the strategic plan; for identification of areas of excellence and opportunities for expansion, growth, collaboration and/or consolidation; and for alignment with planning and budgetary processes.
Plagiarism Prevention Program
The Plagiarism Prevention Program (PPP) strategically addresses plagiarism through multiple prevention efforts and new procedures to support our academic honesty policies.
Webster University Press
The mission of Webster University Press (WUP) is to publish academic works of high quality related to the academic programs offered by Webster University. WUP will serve as a vehicle to disseminate scholarly and educational works that support the University's academic mission.