In her annual
address to the faculty on March 28, Vice Chancellor and
Provost Deborah A. Freund presented a comprehensive academic
plan aimed at charting the course of the University’s academic
direction over the next 5 to 10 years.
Freund solicited feedback on the University’s future academic
needs in a number of ways. She sent a personal letter to all
members of the University community in December that explained
the project and invited their participation through a series
of town meetings in January and February. She sought opinions
from alumni and worked with the Academic Planning Committee.
A special academic planning web site was developed, and questions
were posted to facilitate input.
Freund says that feedback from the University
community was critical to forming the plan. “In constructing
an academic plan for the future, we carefully considered how
to invest limited resources in ways that would best serve
students and help raise the University to the next tier of
excellence,” she says. “Difficult, strategic decisions had
to be made about which existing programs may have outlived
their usefulness, and what new programs might be developed
as we seek to fully implement the student-centered research
concept around our core values of quality, caring, diversity,
innovation, and service.
“To do this, we needed the members of
the University community to share their best thinking as we
identified and strengthened our signature programs and considered
new initiatives that will distinguish a Syracuse University
education,” Freund says.
The plan focuses on advancing the undergraduate
learning experience; increasing campus diversity; attracting
and retaining both a strong student population and the best
faculty; and raising the research and creative activity profile
by investing in selective research and programmatic areas.
Former U.S. Senator Daniel
Patrick Moynihan of New York may have concluded his distinguished
political career, but he’ll continue to share his knowledge
of politics and public service as a University Professor at
the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
As a University Professor—SU’s highest
faculty rank—Moynihan will write, teach, and meet with undergraduate
and graduate students on campus, as well as in Maxwell programs
taught in Washington, D.C. “I am hugely honored and gratefully
accept,” Moynihan says of his appointment. “It will be just
40 years since I left Maxwell to join the Kennedy administration.
I return older, possibly wiser, and vastly enthusiastic.”
The former senator has a long relationship
with Maxwell, where he first served as an assistant professor
from 1959 until he began public service at the U.S. Department
of Labor in 1961. A member of the cabinet or subcabinet of
presidents Kennedy, Johnsok, Nixon, and Ford, he is the only
person in American history to serve in four successive administrations.
buring the ’70s, Moynihan was the U.S. ambassador to India
and U.S. representative to the United Nations. He was elected
to the U.S. Senate in 1976.
Moynihan has been a regular visitor to
campus, returning numerous times to speak and share his perspectives
with Maxwell faculty and students. In 1986, he established
the Moynihan Prize, an annual award to honor outstanding Maxwell
junior faculty members. He has served on the Maxwell School
Advisory Board since 1992 and received an SU honorary degree
“Senator Moynihan is the country’s number-one
public intellectual and a national treasure,” says Maxwell
Dean John Palmer. “It will be a great benefit for our students
and faculty to interact with him and also have access to him
on an individual basis.”