Provost’s Corner: May 2017

Dear faculty and staff,

The 2016-2017 academic year comes to a close on Saturday, where we’ll send off more than 5,800 new graduates to Think and Do outside the walls of NC State, which brings the total number of graduates this year to more than 9,300. Each one of you played an important role in getting them to this point, and your dedication to academic excellence will continue to push our students and graduates to achieve at high levels.

Student success extends beyond what we see at graduation, however. One of the main goals of NC State’s strategic plan, student success encompasses educational opportunities that inspire students to lead, learn and serve while preparing to solve society’s grand challenges. We’re all working to balance access to these opportunities with quality, ensuring that each student makes timely progress toward a degree.

To keep the entire campus community engaged in the knowledge and progress of our efforts in this area, we’ve produced the Five-Year Student Success Report, which details the growth and success of various academic and other initiatives here at NC State over the past five years. You can view a digital copy of the report at

In addition to chronicling student success, we marked many of your milestones during recent celebrations of excellence for various colleges and units. This includes the Celebration of Faculty Excellence, where  three faculty members received the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, NC State’s highest award in recognition of faculty achievement.

Harold Freeman, Lee-Ann Jaykus and Michael Steer represent why NC State continues to attract the best and brightest faculty, staff and students from around the world. In each coming newsletter, we hope to include more news about all of your hard work and dedication to the university.

We started the Provost’s Office newsletter in September with a goal of keeping you informed of all the academic happenings at the university. We’ve certainly enjoyed sharing your achievements and celebrating your successes along the way.

Continue to look for an abbreviated version of our newsletter in the summer months. As always, we welcome feedback on potential improvements and stories you’d like to see featured.

To keep up with all academic and faculty- or staff-related developments, follow @NCStateProvost on Twitter.

Until next time,

Warwick Arden
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

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