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Liberal arts & sciences dean to share updates at State of the College

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

LAWRENCE – The third annual State of the College will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to interact with new Interim Dean Clarence Lang.

Lang will build on previous years’ discussion on the College’s strategic plan, sharing progress on initiatives. The plan lays out actions aimed at student success and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, scholarly and pedagogical support for faculty, professional development for staff and strategic growth for the College as a whole, with emphasis throughout on sustaining an environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion.

Notable developments include the following:

  • Launching the Research Excellence Initiative, which provided more than $250,000 in funding to faculty, students and staff last year
  • Placement of College advising staff with each undergraduate unit and continued expansion of graduate advising staff, now serving a majority of programs in the College
  • Creation of a staff advisory group to the dean
  • Development of a website devoted to graduate student resources
  • Increased partnership with the College Advisory Board on critical areas including career readiness for students, research support and international opportunities.

The State of the College also offers a forum for feedback, with the majority of time reserved for Q&A with attendees.

“My primary objective this year is to maintain momentum in the College and seek the guidance of tremendous colleagues across our units,” Lang said. “I look forward to sharing our progress and hearing what is on the minds of our faculty, staff and students.”

The State of the College is open to the public. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Forum D in the Burge Union. The event will be recorded and available for viewing following the event.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the heart of KU. As the broadest, most diverse academic unit at KU, it is home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers, as well as the School of the Arts, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, and School of Public Affairs & Administration.