Pitt’s Personalized Education Initiative
Advances in technology and novel approaches to teaching, advising and mentoring continue to shape higher education. The Personalized Education Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh empowers students to discover how they can apply their skills and target the resources that can benefit them most. I believe that Pitt is uniquely positioned to provide transformative leadership in this important area—and look forward to the discoveries ahead.
Year of PittGlobal
Academic Year 2018–19 will be the Year of PittGlobal. The Call for Proposals online form is available here. Learn more about this and the University's previous year-long observances—including the Year of Diversity (2016–17) and the Year of the Humanities (2015–16).
Open Educational Resources
In January 2018, the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Government Board passed a resolution supporting expanded use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks as a means to control these escalating costs of course materials. In response to the resolution, and out of an interest in keeping access to course materials as affordable as possible for students, the Provost convened a working group to learn about current practices and trends, and to explore opportunities with open educational resources. The following provides an update on the group's work.
COACHE Survey of Full-Time Faculty
In 2016, Pitt partnered with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) to administer COACHE’s Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey. Allmost half of Pitt’s non-clinical, full-time tenured, tenure stream, and non-tenure-stream faculty members completed the online survey in the spring.
PACWC's Spotlight on Women Leaders
This program was created by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns (PACWC) to celebrate, share, and inspire women’s leadership across the University of Pittsburgh.
The University recognizes the responsibility that accompanies the proper management of our resources and welcomes opportunities to communicate with students, families, and other interested members of the community about the achievements of our programs, issues that drive college costs, and the steps being taken to improve programs and contain costs.
University Forums on Current Issues
The University Forum on Current Issues series is designed to engage the Pitt community in respectful and civil discussions about today’s most vital issues. Under the leadership of the Office of the Provost, the forums incorporate broad sets of perspectives that allow for a deeper understanding of challenging current affairs.