In the span of 50 years, Baylor Social Work has grown from an academic division within the department of sociology, anthropology, archeology, gerontology and social work to a nationally ranked and renowned school.
As Baylor University fosters the growth of innovation in undergraduate and graduate programs through Illuminate – the University's academic strategic plan – data sciences has emerged as a core academic initiative.
Long overdue recognition for Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes, Baylor University’s first African American professor, culminated in the unveiling of a 50-pound, two-foot bronze bust in her honor on Feb. 28 in the third-floor lobby of the Sid Richardson Building.
In November 2018, Baylor University celebrated the public launch of Give Light, the institution’s $1.1 billion comprehensive philanthropic campaign, with a lead gift from Mark and Paula Hurd to create the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center.
A multi-year effort to unify the Baylor brand across all facets of the University culminated in the launch of the Baylor United campaign, revealing a Nike-led rebranding of the Baylor Athletics programs and a new University Brand Mark.
Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., assumed her role as provost May 1. Dr. Brickhouse will guide the University’s pursuits toward prominence as a Christian research university under Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan.
Baylor University participated in National Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout the month of April. The University is committed to supporting survivors and increasing sexual assault awareness. With lighting campus teal, providing resources and hosting interactive events, Baylor showed commitment to proactive advocacy. The events in April showed support, but also aimed to extend awareness and provide resources beyond just one month of the year.
Baylor University’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Team trains for real-world IT challenges and cyber security situations. The national Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition sees teams compete and flex skills that have the potential to land them employment opportunities with sponsors such as Walmart, Homeland Security and Splunk.
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
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…”