USC Rossier Professor Dominic Brewer was appointed to the USC Provost Committee on Strategic Transformation, a select group of faculty and administrators across the university charged with advising USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett on how to advance the USC Strategic Vision: Matching Deeds to Ambitions broadly across the institution, while units and divisions are engaged in strategic planning within their own academic contexts.
The 22-member committee will work alone and with stakeholders in units to examine issues that will shape the future of higher education in light of the vision, and share with senior leadership how best to implement the vision through university-wide initiatives, such the recruitment of more transformative faculty, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
The USC Strategic Vision: Matching Deeds to Ambitions was adopted by the USC Board of Trustees in December 2011 and includes the following three objectives:
- Transforming Education for a Rapidly Changing World: We must create a transformative faculty whose scholarship crosses disciplinary boundaries and whose energy sparks intellectual creativity across our campuses. New modes of learning and societal needs require that we reinvent undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral education. Changing demographics and public demands require we provide greater access to, and accountability in, higher education.
- Creating Scholarship with Consequence: We must increase our commitment to translational research, creative work and practice in order to address grand challenges, notably in health care, life sciences and engineering, but also in the arts, humanities, professions and social sciences. Collaboration among scientists, clinicians, artists, teachers, humanists, researchers and other professionals should be a defining feature of research universities.
- Connecting the Individual to the World: We must promote global and local engagement to foster mutual understanding and encourage citizenship in a global context. As the world grows more interconnected, so does the need for self-reflection and critical thought, appreciation of diversity, aesthetic sensibility, civility, reconciliation and empathy across all spheres of life. The quest to understand others begins with self-knowledge and adherence to the value of human wholeness.
For more information about the USC Strategic Planning Process, visit: http://strategic.usc.edu/