Strategic Academic Planning

The Office of the Provost oversees and participates in strategic planning relating to SMU's Academic Mission. The Office also convenes interdisciplinary groups of faculty members to undertake certain research initiatives. In 2008-2009, these initiatives include a health care research initiative and an environmental research initiative.

The most recent strategic academic planning includes:
  • Presidentís Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention.
    The Presidentís Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention continues the work of the 2007 Ė 2008 Presidentís Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention.

  • Task Force on General Education (2008-2009).
    This Task Force has been charged by the President and Provost with completing a review of the University's current General Education curriculum, formulate recommendations for any needed changes, and present to the Provost a proposal for a new general education curriculum by April 2009, ideally for implementation in Fall 2010.

  • Accreditation by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
    Southern Methodist University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctoral degrees. The university was first accredited in1921; the most recent reaffim1ation of accreditation was in 2000. Individual academic programs are accredited by the appropriate national professional association. SMU will be reviewed for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010, and is currently engaged in that self-study and preparation.

  • Implementation Committee for Classroom Scheduling Software.
    This university-wide committee has been appointed by the Provost to develop a plan for implementation of campus-wide classroom scheduling software, with a target implementation of Spring 2009.

  • Task Force on Honors Programming (2006-2007).
    This Task Force, appointed by the Provost, was charged with studying and making recommendations relating to honors-related programming throughout the University. The Task Force submitted its report to the Provost in Spring 2007, and implementation of it is ongoing.

  • Task Force on International Education (2006-2007).
    This Task Force, appointed by the Provost, was charged developing a comprehensive strategic plan for international education at SMU, including topics such as curriculum, education abroad, international students, and faculty. The Task Force submitted its report to the Provost in Spring 2007, and implementation of it is ongoing.

The Office also convenes interdisciplinary groups of faculty members to undertake certain research initiatives. In 2008-2009, these initiatives include a health care research initiative and an environmental research initiative.