The 2018 Baylor Traditions Ornaments raised more than $50,000 for the benefit of our students and the world they will impact throughout the coming year! Proceeds will provide opportunities for Baylor Engineering and Computer Science students to apply their knowledge, skills and passion to address human needs through their work. From innovations that provide mobility to the disabled to the installation of off-grid power solutions for hospitals, schools and orphanages, and the construction of basic utility vehicles using locally sourced materials to facilitate affordable transportation and economic opportunity, the educational experiences fueled by donor support secured through the Baylor Traditions Ornaments are making a difference for our students and our world.
With the launch of the public phase of Give Light in November, the University celebrated the success of a silent phase of the campaign and laid the groundwork for strong philanthropic support for the growth priorities of the University. Fundraising during the silent phase began with the establishment in May 2014 of five-year goals connected to the strategic vision Pro Futuris. Since that time and through January 2019, members of the Baylor Family have given more than $560 million and positioned the University for success in raising a total of $1.1 billion.
Established in 1969 as one of the most distinguished awards given by Baylor, the Founders Medal is reserved for those whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of the University. The 2019 Founders Medal is awarded to the City of Waco for its decades-long support of and partnership with Baylor University.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, students working toward any of the four undergraduate degrees certified by the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences will follow a set of common courses required of all undergraduates. Known as the core curriculum, these courses are considered necessary for the general education of students, irrespective of their choice in major. The new core is designed to impart a shared foundation of knowledge, essential skills and moral and intellectual virtues while providing increased academic flexibility and interdisciplinary learning.
As part of Baylor’s initiative to integrate diverse learning environments on campus and create leaders prepared to engage a global community, the Baylor/Xavier University Exchange Program introduces students to new environments that create an awareness of different institutional and cultural perspectives. Located in New Orleans, Xavier University is an HBCU, which the Higher Education Act of 1965 defines as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency…”
Originally started by film students in 1999, the Black Glasses Film Festival has grown into an annual event sponsored by the film and digital media department to give students an opportunity to showcase their films and reach an audience beyond the classroom.
The Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Waco and Baylor University are preparing for the first phase of a major, multi-year construction project on Interstate 35, which will significantly affect the University for the duration of the project.
There are more than 4,600 higher education institutions in the country with only 130 achieving R1 status, a prestigious recognition by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education naming universities with the highest level of research activity. Within the next 10 years, Baylor aspires to be among those named. A recently created Illuminate Steering Committee has taken the next steps toward making that happen by soliciting from faculty innovative and strategic proposals to contribute to the University’s ambitious research goal.
Baylor’s Department of Public Safety recently approved a new Traffic, Transportation, and Parking Policy for the University. One of the most notable inclusions in the policy is the prohibition of texting while driving or cycling on campus, unless hands-free technology is used. Already a law under the Texas Transportation Code, no texting while driving is also now an offense on Baylor’s roadways and may result in a Baylor citation.
Baylor's expanding online degree programs offer the academically rigorous education professionals need to get ahead. Programs provide flexible education opportunities and require both field and project work, as well as strategically scheduled immersions.
The national search for a new provost continues to proceed on schedule, and the Provost Search Committee has begun the process of reviewing applications that were submitted by the Jan. 2 deadline. Led by co-chairs Charles Weaver, chair of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Cindy Riemenschneider, professor of information systems and associate dean in the Hankamer School of Business, the committee identified a short list of candidates in early January, and will select a group of finalists from that list in February.