Office of the Provost
Office of the Provost
The University of Southern Mississippi is a community of engaged citizens, operating
as a public, student-centered, doctoral-granting research university serving Mississippi,
the nation, and the world. The University is dedicated to scholarship and learning,
integrating students at all levels in the creation and application of knowledge through
excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach, and service. The
University nurtures student success by providing distinctive and competitive educational
programs embedded in a welcoming environment, preparing a diverse student population
to embark on meaningful life endeavors.
The University of Southern Mississippi aspires to be a model student-centered public
research university that prepares students to thrive in a global society by providing
high quality programs and transformative experiences in a community distinguished
The mission of the institution is supported by the following values:
1.a. Implement comprehensive student recruitment, success, and retention efforts.
1.b. Provide deliberate interventions for underprepared and/or underperforming students.
1.c. Promote opportunities to further enhance the quality of students’ educational experiences.
2.a. Develop, promote, and support teaching and campus citizenship.
2.b. Develop, promote, and support scholarly research, creative output, and professional engagement.
2.c. Expand the depth and breadth of funded research and creative programs.
3.a. Support current and new high-interest degree programs with growth potential.
3.b. Implement intentional, targeted marketing and recruitment strategies.
3.c. Explore and support alternative course delivery options for programmatic flexibility.
3.d. Coordinate enrollment and admissions initiatives across academic affairs.
4.a. Grow commercialization activities that move research initiatives from the laboratory
to the business incubator and ultimately to new businesses in the marketplace.
4.b. Utilize faculty and staff expertise to promote external partnerships.
4.c. Promote strategic economic development that will attract businesses to the region and utilize academic research to bolster the local and state economy.
4.d. Highlight and promote the university’s significant role in improving and enhancing quality of life in Mississippi and beyond.
4.e. Leverage partnerships to enrich student learning opportunities (internships, job shadowing, etc.)
5.a. Identify, invest in, honor and celebrate our academic program strengths and
5.b. Reward excellence in teaching, research and service.
5.c. Build compensation, opportunities, and infrastructure to develop and retain faculty and staff.
5.d. Provide and sustain competitive packages to recruit high quality faculty and staff.
6.a. Hire, retain, and develop strong, diverse faculty and staff whose talents align
with institutional priorities.
6.b. Utilize and support faculty and staff expertise, foster collaboration, and enhance shared government.
6.c. Promote diversity and encourage inclusiveness in the student body.
6.d. Promote diversity and encourage inclusiveness across curricula and in all educational programming.
7.a. Focus on enhancing learning environments and modalities when renovating or modifying
existing and adding new academic facilities
7.b. Develop technology, processes, and procedures to facilitate continuous improvement in academic affairs.
7.c. Incentivize revenue-generating initiatives.
7.d. Facilitate and improve communication within academic affairs and with other units to guide and inform infrastructural changes, procedures, and policy changes.
8.a. Identify practices, procedures, and systems to review for effectiveness.
8.b. Evaluate policies to reduce duplication and improve consistency.
8.c. Provide technology and training to enable effectiveness at all levels.
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