March 4, 2021
I arrived at Loyola University Chicago as provost a little over a year ago. As we head through the spring and the rollout of a new strategic plan, I want to share with you some personal reflections. I also want to report to our community the ways the Office of the Provost is driving changes in the academic enterprise. The goal behind these changes is to create a more robust, unified, and collaborative One Loyola. Loyola has much that is in process and much that is to come, and thus, I encourage everyone to read the full report. It contains detailed information about new structures, leadership, and programs, along with context that connects multiple levels of change with strategic direction for the future.
Here are the main points covered in the full report:
- Timing and direction of our new strategic plan, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees for final review in June;
- How we are building transdisciplinary units focused on complex and urgent social problems;
- Ways in which we are focusing on diversity, equity, and racial justice;
- Changes to strengthen and standardize infrastructure and processes to become a more research-intensive University and achieve Research 1 status;
- Alignment of graduate programs;
- Enhancement of our global and community outreach;
- Reorganization of Centers;
- How we are reimagining University Libraries;
- Structural changes to refocus and strengthen Enrollment Management.
Reflecting on my first year as provost, I am immensely grateful for the vision, dedication, and commitment of so many colleagues across our institution. Together, I am confident that we will make the most of the opportunities to transform Loyola and continue on a path to becoming an international leader in higher education.
Together in Loyola,
Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer