University of Central Florida
Provost's Update
   Thursday, July 24, 2008

UCF College of Graduate Studies

Dedicated faculty and staff members and administrators have helped UCF build a variety of first-class graduate programs through the years, and the number and breadth of those programs has continued to grow. I am pleased to tell you that an examination of graduate education at UCF has resulted in the decision to establish a new College of Graduate Studies.

Effective Aug. 8, the college will replace the Division of Graduate Studies. Patricia Bishop, vice provost and dean for the Division of Graduate Studies, will serve as the college’s founding dean. The new college will be created with no additional employees.

The college will help to more clearly define our vision of excellence for the graduate community at UCF. Administrators, faculty and staff members, and students will work together in the coming months to determine how best to achieve this vision and bring a more collaborative and strategic approach to our excellent graduate programs.

Our goals include further enhancing the quality of our graduate programs, expanding access and recruiting, and retaining more of the best and brightest students. We also seek to build a stronger community among graduate students and faculty members, while encouraging the pursuit of interdisciplinary studies and research.

I encourage faculty and staff members, administrators, and students to offer thoughts and suggestions to Dean Bishop as we develop this new structure for graduate education. Beginning in August, the College of Graduate Studies will hold meetings with other colleges and the Graduate Student Association. The college will also host open forums to encourage feedback. Meeting notices and updates will be posted at www.graduate.ucf.edu.

Thank you for your continued dedication to our graduate students and programs.

 



Sincerely,

Terry L. Hickey

Terry L. Hickey, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President

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