Emory Report
February 2, 2009
Volume 61, Number 18



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February 2
, 2009
Dialogues to explore the undergraduate experience

The Office of the Provost and administrators within the Division of Campus Life and Emory’s colleges will convene a series of dialogues with undergraduates to assess the quality of their collegiate experience. The goal is to generate a “roadmap” for future improvements to the Emory undergraduate experience, says Santa Ono, vice provost for undergraduate affairs.

The self-study will include a data-driven, longitudinal analysis of the experience; information gathered from these dialogues; a prioritized list of areas for improvement; and a set of reflections on the undergraduate experience from a select group of students. This mirrors a similar study completed two years ago, “Year of the Faculty,” which assessed the faculty experience at Emory.

“Emory University strives to be a destination university. In the competitive landscape of higher education, this requires that we continue to push the envelope and look for opportunities to improve and innovate,” says Ono. “An essential part of this aspiration must include periodic introspection, with an honest and at times self-critical lens.”

The first forum for Emory College students will be held Monday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in White Hall, Room 206. The dialogue will focus primarily on academic issues. A second forum will take place on March 4 at 5 p.m. in the Math & Science Building, Room 208, and will focus more on co-curricular matters. Subsequent forums will take place at Oxford College March 5, Goizueta Business School April 1 and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing April 2.