<html> <head> <title>Baylor University - Inside Baylor</title> </head> <body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" link="#003300" vlink="#006600"> <table border=0 width=600> <tr><td> <p><img src="https://www.baylor.edu/pr/images/insidebaylor.jpg" align=bottom></p> <font face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif"><h3>News and notes from the Office of the President<br>June 13, 2008</h3></font> <hr align=left width=600 noshade> <p><font size="+1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">President's Note</font><br><img src="https://www.baylor.edu/images/spacer.gif" height=8 width=600><br><font size="-1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">The end of the academic and fiscal year has been a busy time. In addition to visits with a number of university benefactors in Texas and California, I met with my fellow Big 12 presidents in Colorado Springs, where I was elected treasurer. I also attended the installation luncheon for the BGCT's new executive director Randall Everett, where I was pleased to accept an invitation to offer a prayer for his and Sheila's success, and met with my fellow presidents of Texas Baptist universities, a group for which I am serving as convener this year. <br> <br>The highlight of this time, however, was this week's very productive Academic Summit. About 70 faculty and administrators, including deans, department chairs, the executive committee of the Faculty Senate, University and Distinguished Professors and other senior faculty members spent the last four days exploring the process of tenure and shared governance. I greatly appreciate not only their substantial investment of time, but also the spirit and the frank conversations which characterized the meetings. <br> <br>I am especially grateful to the faculty who led the five working groups and to Bob Baird for moderating the entire discussion. The working groups were facilitated by faculty members Jim Patton, Charles Tolbert, Steve Green, Bill Bellinger and Diana Vitanza. <br> <br>The questions considered by the working groups were about strengthening the following: the faculty voice in the tenure sequence, the evaluation of teaching, the evaluation of research/creative accomplishments, external letters and the fit of the annual and tenure evaluations. The working groups alternated with plenary sessions where we had active discussions about the recommendations that came forward. <br> <br>Working group leaders will submit their completed drafts in the coming days and then one unified document will be created and shared with the entire faculty on Blackboard for their comments and suggestions. A revised document will then be prepared for submission to the first meeting of the Faculty Senate in the fall. Some of this work will provide immediate assistance to next year's candidates who will benefit from this faculty advice about how to strengthen their notebooks. <br> <br>In my remarks to the group on two occasions, I reiterated that the departmental documents that were used last year will again be used this coming year. A number of faculty made the point that some departmental documents are in need of revision, but that is a separate project for the provost, the deans, department chairs and faculty. <br> <br>I again thank all who were involved in this significant undertaking. I have heard from a number of those involved that they left the Summit believing that there are things we all can do to improve the process, but also that continued collaboration will bring us success in the months ahead. I agree. The end result of this work will help us continue to move Baylor forward in implementing our mission and vision 2012. <br></font><p><font size="+1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">Highlights Abound As Baylor Closes Out Fiscal Year 2008</font><br><img src="https://www.baylor.edu/images/spacer.gif" height=8 width=600><br><font size="-1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">The end of the academic and fiscal year is an appropriate time for us to take an objective look at our progress. What the data confirm is that across the University we are making wonderful progress on multiple fronts. While the enormity of our potential prevents us from ever being completely satisfied with our efforts, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Baylor University should be greatly encouraged with our remarkably strong trajectory. <br> <br>Baylor closed out the fiscal year May 31 with a modest operating budget surplus for the fourth consecutive year and significant advances in diverse areas of university life, including academic programs, student life and athletics. <br>Some of the most significant developments occurring during FY 2007-08 include: <br><ul> <br><li> Increasing the university's endowment to $1.1 billion, even as endowments nationally have struggled in a difficult market;<br> <br><li> Adding many new faculty and staff positions;<br> <br><li> Establishing the first doctoral degree in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business;<br> <br><li> Enrolling 14,174 students in the fall the second highest overall enrollment ever at Baylor and graduating the largest class this spring at almost 2,000;<br> <br><li> Welcoming the most academically qualified freshman class in University history, with a record average SAT score of 1219;<br> <br><li> Enrolling a record-setting 402 students in Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary and an increasing number of students indicating an interest in vocational Christian ministry;<br> <br><li> Increasing the diversity of our incoming class with Baylor on track to achieve its 2012 goal of 33 percent of our undergraduate student body being persons of color;<br> <br><li> Jumping six places in the U.S.News & World Report rankings, with Baylor at No. 75, its highest overall ranking ever among national doctoral-granting universities;<br> <br><li> Seeing both men's and women's basketball simultaneously in post-season NCAA play for the first time, seeing the men in post-season play for the first time since 1987, and seeing the men become a positive national story featuring head coach Scott Drew and his team; and <br> <br><li> Hiring new head football coach Art Briles, a former Conference USA and National Coach of the Year and new inductee into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. <br></ul> <br>Also during FY07-08, Baylor received more than $80 million in gifts and pledges, including more than $21.9 million given specifically to Baylor's endowment. This is the fourth straight year of a marked increase in the support of endowed scholarships, faculty positions and programs. <br></font><p><font size="+1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">New Study Ranks Baylor in Top Tier</font><br><img src="https://www.baylor.edu/images/spacer.gif" height=8 width=600><br><font size="-1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">A new study by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP) ranks Baylor No. 34 in the nation, ahead of such universities as UCLA, Michigan, USC, Florida and Texas. Baylor ranked higher than the rest of the Big 12. <br><FONT SIZE="-1" FACE="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif"><A href="https://www.baylor.edu/content/services/email_link.aspx?l=eVhBa1xUfR1QXH5cAg==" title="http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0519/030_print.html">&#171; Learn More &#187;</A></FONT></font><p><font size="+1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">Big 12 Student-Life Deans Meet at Baylor</font><br><img src="https://www.baylor.edu/images/spacer.gif" height=8 width=600><br><font size="-1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">Dr. Liz Palacios, Dean for Student Development, hosted the annual gathering of Big 12 deans of students on campus last week. The group rotates to the various campuses to share ideas and learn more about the distinctiveness of the conference institutions. <br> <br>I had the opportunity to share a meal and visit with our conference colleagues. It was a great pleasure to be able to share the great work that we are doing together here at Baylor and to showcase our beautiful campus. <br></font><p><font size="+1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">BUGWMB Named One of Eight Great University Marching Bands </font><br><img src="https://www.baylor.edu/images/spacer.gif" height=8 width=600><br><font size="-1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">We already knew about our great marching band, and now others have noted it as well. The Golden Wave Marching Band has been ranked as one of eight great university marching bands by the blog College On The Record. Baylor was listed as second behind Texas Tech and ahead of Texas A&M, Jacksonville State, Northwestern State, Georgia, Michigan and James Madison.</font><p><font size="+1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">Athletics Update</font><br><img src="https://www.baylor.edu/images/spacer.gif" height=8 width=600><br><font size="-1" face="Verdana,Helvetica,Arial,Geneva,sans-serif">Baylor junior Mamadou Diene and Kansas junior Katie Martincich were named the 2007-08 Big 12 Sportsper sons of the Year. <br> <br>Mamadou also has been named one of five athletes to be honored with the 2008 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award. This award honors student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic or emotional odds to achieve academic success. 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