General Contact Information
Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010-5585
135 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.
For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.
From: Provost Dave Christy
During the last twenty months I have regularly encouraged our faculty to explore the use of teaching and learning technologies (TLTs). In our Baruch College Strategic Plan, we adopted a goal for on-line and hybrid instruction by the close of the five-year plan. As Provost, one of my key roles is to work with the deans and faculty to insure that we achieve our goals, and that we do so through the process of shared governance and faculty leadership of the curriculum. The efforts of volunteers and innovators from among our faculty are exciting, deliberate and sincere. We have many tangible projects in Economics, Psychology, Great Works, Public Affairs and CIS among others. Nevertheless, the pace and intensity of these efforts are not sufficient to reach our goal.
How will we benefit from these new approaches to teaching and learning? The primary benefit must always be improved student learning. If we use adaptive learning software in courses that require mastery through practice, students can receive a customized experience that is impossible in a classroom. If we enable students to achieve the goals of our course in a variety of ways, we may create a renewed commitment to the value of exploring knowledge through general education. Coupled with this will be an easing of our extreme classroom space constraints that will permit classes to be offered when students need them, improved access to instruction by working students for whom trips to campus come at a cost, better coordination of course content between full time and adjunct faculty, and faster degree completion and graduation because scheduling courses is easier.
Thus far, our approach to re-imagining the ways teaching and learning technologies can improve student learning has been to provide interested faculty with opportunities to learn about TLTs, how they can use the TLTs to better achieve the learning goals of their course, and how we can exploit TLTs to meet the needs of individual students. We will continue to invest in the Center for Teaching and Learning, and to build capacity to assist faculty in course transformation as you seek these services. I would welcome the challenge of finding more staff and more space for CTL, if it’s in response to requests from you. Our faculty are creative and innovative, and unlike the often solitary nature of research, teaching innovations are a great platform for working together to achieve shared goals.
In the meantime, a tangible commitment to developing on-line or hybrid courses will become an essential criterion for all new or replacement full time faculty hires. Moving forward, we must hire new faculty who are fully committed to active experimentation with TLTs as an essential part of their teaching role. If current members of a department are delivering significant numbers of sections through on-line or hybrid delivery already, I will consider exceptions to this policy.
This policy takes a deliberate forward step in achieving our strategic plan to expand and enrich our academic programs through on-line and hybrid delivery of instruction, with a goal of 20% of our instruction delivered this way. Each department faculty should develop a plan for moving 20% of its instruction to on-line and hybrid learning to support this strategy. We have taken similar deliberate steps toward insuring employment equity in faculty hiring, and we are effectively integrating student affairs and academic affairs to enhance the academic and co-curricular experience. As provost, I am committed to removing barriers from faculty participation in these initiatives, and I am open to discussions with you on how I can support your efforts.
Dave Christy, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
City University of New York
135 East 22nd Street Suite D-0701
New York, NY 10010
Office main 646 660 6500
Office fax 646 660 6501