Message from the Dean

This document highlights the extraordinary work of faculty and staff from the College of Arts & Sciences and other related academic units who have continued to work diligently on task forces outlined in our strategic plan A&Spire, which was introduced in 2014.

As a reminder, here are the five strategic themes in A&Spire:

  • In Theme 1 you will see that the task forces are working on the core curriculum, teaching pedagogy and technology, and merit scholarships/undergraduate research programs.
  • In Theme 2 the task forces are discussing ways in which Arts & Sciences can better position itself to help the University achieve its lofty research and graduate program aspirations.
  • Community outreach is a central focus of Theme 3, as well as improving communication as an academic unit regarding campus initiatives and beyond.
  • Theme 4 overlaps with Theme 1 on undergraduate education and with Theme 2 on research and graduate education, but with an emphasis on health science programs and how to more effectively connect those programs with external constituencies.
  • Theme 5 provides the financial model for implementing A&Spire, combining revenues from fundraising activities, judicious stewardship and contributions from the University.

I invite you to review all of the second-year accomplishments of these task forces, as well as the trajectory for their work in the coming year, by clicking on each theme on the sidebars to this message. Much more work is on the horizon to complete the list of Acts of Determination (AOD) presented in A&Spire.

Together, the faculty and staff of the College of Arts & Sciences will provide leadership that not only fulfills our proposed aspirations, but also contributes dynamically to the larger vision of our great university. As we move forward, I welcome your feedback.


Dr. Lee C. Nordt

Dean, Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences