Provost’s Corner

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Welcome to the new Office of the Provost webpage at Western University of Health Sciences. While serving as Provost, Dr. David Baron initiated the efforts to develop a site where students and faculty can conveniently access frequently needed information and links to services. Over the course of the next few months the Office of the Provost will provide additions and changes to assure the webpage meets objectives.

At WesternU, the Provost serves as the chief academic officer and is responsible for the Office of the Provost, but most importantly provides the leadership for the University’s academic mission. The Provost bears the responsibility for integrating our core values into an exceptional education that prepares healers who will improve the lives of those under their care. Our mission statement provides a reminder of why we chose to enroll, teach or work at WesternU.

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Responsibilities of the Provost 

The Provost, as Chief Academic Officer, has ultimate responsibility for the academic accountability of all WesternU programs, including matters of academic policy, curriculum, and faculty affairs. The College Deans report directly to the Provost.

As part of the senior management team, the Provost collaborates with the President’s Senior Executive Team (PSET) to advise the President.

Members of the WesternU Family:

Beginning with the Class of 2022, the Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) Program will be moving to its new home in the College of Health Sciences. Entering MSMS 2022 students — who commence classes in June 2021 — will be joining the most diverse group of faculty and students at WesternU, in a College deeply committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. These MSMS pre-professional post-baccalaureate students aspire to careers in health professions and will continue to acquire basic medical science subject matter and experiential research expertise, guided by faculty mentors from multiple WesternU colleges. In CHS, MSMS students will gain opportunities to interact with students and faculty manifesting similar clinical professional goals and lived experiences.

Following a lengthy process of consultation with stakeholders, including GCBS and CHS Deans and faculty, the University Graduate Council, and the University Deans Council, a majority of GCBS faculty voted in October 2020 to support the transfer of the MSMS program to CHS. Opposition to the shift brought forward by Academic Senate in November 2020 was duly considered by administration; however, the exigent need for the enhanced student support offered in CHS necessitated continuing moving forward with the plan to shift the program to its new home, as already approved.

The program transition for 2021 has already begun with faculty and staff stakeholders participating in the admissions and curriculum transition teams under the leadership of CHS Executive Vice Dean Dr. Evans Grayson. The transition will fully culminate after July 1, 2021, with the transfer of several core members of the MSMS faculty and staff to the CHS and the first cohort of MSMS students under the CHS banner. The MSMS 21–22 curriculum has remained largely unaltered, but its continuous improvement will be ensured by a multidisciplinary team of faculty, under Dr. Gail Evans Grayson’s leadership.

The MSMS program has always been a team effort involving faculty collaboration from multiple WesternU Colleges and faculty mentors. Appreciation goes out to all who have made this an amazing program while in its GCBS home and to those who will continue to build upon that foundation in CHS. The MSMS alumni who are now students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), College of Dental Medicine (CDM) and College of Optometry (CO) have always been integral to the success of current MSMS students. These channels of student support for our newest cohort will continue to be fostered and improved.

For further information about the MSMS program, please contact Dr. Gail Evans Grayson, Executive Vice Dean, College of Health Sciences.