Initiatives

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.

Year of Creativity

Academic Year 2019–2020 will be the Year of Creativity. Learn more about this and the University's previous Year of... observances—including the Year of Pitt Global (2018–2019) and the Year of Healthy U (2017–2018).

Latinx Initiative

To enable the University to significantly increase the number of faculty focused on Latinx issues throughout its various departments and schools, the Provost is committed to supporting a Latinx cluster-hiring initiative. This initiative will further deepen the high-quality research and scholarship already present at Pitt and allow us to further educate professionals in ways that reflect evolving landscapes in race, gender, ethnicity, migration, health, and the economy.

Interprofessional Center for Health Careers

The Interprofessional Center for Health Careers will be one of the first of its kind devoted to undergraduate health and pre-health interprofessional education, establishing a preeminent educational and advising infrastructure to support undergraduate students interested in health sciences fields.

PittGlobal Analytics & Insight

The University Center for International Studies and Office of the Provost have partnered to develop and release the PittGlobal Analytics & Insight dashboard. With this new online tool, faculty and staff will have a high-level overview of the engagement Pitt has around the world, as well as summaries of student-centric data. Data accessible via the dashboard broadly covers: citizenship locations of international students, destinations for student experiences abroad, inter-institutional international agreements, and language department course offerings and enrollments.

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.

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.

Pathways

Pathways utilizes the Education Advisory Board’s (EAB) Student Success Collaborative platform coupled with Othot’s predictive analytics platform in a collaborative effort to support undergraduate students from enrollment to graduation. By combining technology, best practices, and analytics, Pathways helps Pitt leverage data and manage advising and academic support resources to increase retention and graduation.

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.