We welcome 2017 with a renewed spirit of hope and commitment. Baylor University has a rich heritage as an institution of higher education serving the world for more than 170 years, and this legacy serves as a strong foundation for our continued work together. We turn our faces to the future as we prepare for the return of our almost 17,000 students on Monday, the first day of spring semester classes. Each semester brings a new beginning for these young men and women as they pursue their education — and a new beginning for each of us as we love and support them along their journeys.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has been working with Baylor University to better understand the findings and implications of the Pepper Hamilton review on the status of overall safety and support for students on our campus. We have received verbal notice that the University has been given a one-year "warning" sanction for noncompliance in three areas.
The “Walk with Tasha” this morning was an amazing experience for me. A large crowd of Baylor students, staff, faculty, administration, and members from the Waco community represented the core values of Baylor University under the Lordship of Christ.
Nothing is more important at Baylor University than providing a safe and caring community for our students. We have a renewed focus on our Christian mission and made a number of personnel and policy changes to help ensure this is the case.
We are working diligently to ensure that Baylor University fulfills its mission to be a caring, Christian community where our students thrive. As part of this commitment, I have directed the University to be more transparent wherever possible about the sexual assault crisis that has severely impacted our campus, our alumni and the entire Baylor family.
You have likely heard the news that Title IX Coordinator Patty Crawford has resigned from Baylor University. Our efforts – and our clear commitment – have been focused on ensuring the University has the processes, policies, personnel, organization and training in place to provide education to prevent acts of sexual violence and to respond appropriately and with compassion to those who suffer from such acts.
The greatness of this university comes from those graduates who have followed him faithfully, come what may, who have trusted in his greatness and who have sought to bring glory to him and not to themselves.
WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland today provided a progress report on the implementation of recommendations for improving the University’s response to sexual violence. The recommendations resulted from the University’s external investigation launched last fall.
Our work to improve prevention, response and care for students is well underway and we endeavor to demonstrate a system that is supportive, responsive, fair and thorough in upholding students’ access to an education. We are committed to doing the right things for the well-being of our students.
WACO, Texas (July 25, 2016) – For the sixth consecutive year, Baylor University has attained elite Honor Roll status as a “2016 Great College to Work For,” according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.
July 24, 2016 Q&A with Ron Murff, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, and Interim President David Garland, who sat down the Waco Tribune-Herald for a wide-ranging discussion related to interpersonal and sexual violence and the University’s implementation of improvements that also cultivate a culture of respect and character reflecting Baylor’s mission.
WACO, Texas (July 22, 2016) – Baylor University’s Board of Regents has approved a new joint master’s degree program that links the faculties, resources and classes of two of Baylor’s premier schools, George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the School of Education. The board also heard reports on Title IX and diversity, approved the lowest percentage tuition increase in more than 20 years and focused its retreat on best practices in board governance.
WACO, Texas (July 7, 2016) – Baylor University Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones has announced the members of the Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force, a group formed after the release of the Pepper Hamilton Findings of Fact and Recommendations to re-energize a focus around the University’s Christian mission. The Task Force has received its charge and held its initial meeting to begin work.
President David Garland updates the Baylor family on the University's efforts to move forward as an institution, and discusses the incoming class that were welcomed to campus as Baylor students at Orientation this month.
WACO, Texas (June 10, 2016) — Robyn L. Driskell, Ph.D., Divisional Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been named Executive Director and President’s Chief of Staff by Baylor University Interim President David Garland, Ph.D. In this role, Driskell will be responsible for strategic communications from the President’s Office, collaboration on leadership initiatives, coordination of Board relations and representing the President in a variety of official capacities.