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Update on Crossing Boundaries for Academic Excellence

Nov 21, 2014

Thank you to all who have participated in the cross-unit conversations held in October and November.

Faculty, staff and students from throughout the university engaged in rich discussions about the ways Pacific could cross boundaries to achieve the "Big Hairy Audacious Goals" (BHAGs) proposed for the academic plan. Participants identified elements that they care about and would want to spend time working on, discussed "what's missing" from the proposed framework, and brainstormed ways to find better language to capture our aspirations for Pacific students in the next five years (the middle BHAG in the attached graphic framework).

All of the ideas voiced during the conversations have been transcribed and are available on the Academic Planning site. The site is interactive and allows everyone to continue the conversations through Dec. 5. After that date, you will still be able to view the posted materials on the site through February 2015. I encourage you to take a look at the ideas and join the conversation. 

The next steps in the planning process will entail synthesizing ideas gathered from these cross-unit conversations, as well as ideas that will be coming forward soon from conversations this past month in the schools/college.  The deans and a representative from the Academic Council Executive Board will then meet later in December to review the ideas and begin to prioritize them for inclusion in a draft plan.  The first draft of the plan will be disseminated to the University community in January, accompanied by additional cross-unit conversations and opportunities for online feedback.

This is a very generative time at Pacific.  Thank you for helping to set the academic priorities for the next three to five years as we continue to implement Pacific 2020.


Maria Pallavicini                                                                                      

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