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.
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      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 in 1984.
      “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.”

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