As the university's chief academic officer, the Executive Vice President and Provost has responsibility for all of Baylor's academic enterprises including twelve schools and colleges and more than one dozen research centers and institutes. The Provost works closely with the President, deans, department chairs, faculty, Regents, and others to provide academic vision and leadership and to promote and support excellence in teaching, learning, and research within the context of a Christian worldview.
Baylor University has embarked on a new Academic Strategic Plan—Illuminate—that draws upon the institution’s heritage and commitment to becoming a preeminent Christian research university, as outlined in Pro Futuris. President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., is providing an overview of Illuminate through the Baylor Conversation Series to key constituent groups this spring.
In May, 2014, the Baylor University Board of Regents adopted a broad-ranging array of Five-Year Goals for 2014-2018. Constructed around the five high-level Aspirational Statements that represent due north for the University's future course, these Five-Year Goals are a natural outgrowth of the University's continuing implementation of Pro Futuris. With a clear understanding of the desired destination, the University leadership spent months considering the essential steps that must be taken to realize our ambitious vision. That process of collaboration resulted in the creation of a set of highly specific Institutional Acts of Determination reflected in the form of Five-Year Goals.