Provost's Statement on Recent ICE Announcement for International Students

Dear Campus Community: Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) would modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 term. The implementation and impact of this modification are not yet clear, but it is cause for concern. UC...
By Interim Provost & EVC Tom Smith and Interim VPIA Marko Princevac |

UCR Announces Fall Quarter Instruction Plans

Dear Campus Community, Over the last two months, our Instructional Continuity Working Group has evaluated options for providing a healthy and effective teaching and learning environment for the 2020-21 academic year. The Committee includes faculty, staff, and student members, and its work was informed by consultation with the Academic Senate, department chairs, deans, vice chancellors...

UC Riverside Mourns the Death of George Floyd - Message from the Chancellor

Dear Campus Community, In March and early April, elected leaders held daily press conferences in which they reported the number of ventilators they had secured. In hospitals and labs, physicians, scientists, and device manufacturers looked for new ways to help patients suffering from COVID-19 breathe. Both federal and state entities went to great expense to...

Remote Instruction Continuing for UCR Summer Sessions

Dear Highlanders, As many of you know, registration for UCR Summer Sessions begins on April 1. Normally UCR hosts around 600 in-person classes during multiple sessions that run from June to September, helping to make our campus a vibrant place to be in summer. This year, campuses like ours are facing the risk and uncertainty...
By Interim Provost & EVC Tom Smith and VPDUE Jennifer Brown |

Message to Students re. Spring Quarter

Dear UCR Students: We hope you are staying safe and getting needed rest after a challenging end to winter quarter. Over the past two weeks, we have collectively transformed the university into a primarily remote working and learning environment. This change has been nothing short of remarkable; and while there will be some bumps along...
By Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Interim Provost & EVC Tom Smith |

Provost Winter Town Hall

On Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Smith held a town hall via Zoom. The presentation included updates on campus' response to coronavirus (COVID-19), additional classroom seats, construction and budget, and UCR strategic planning. Presentation Slides

Provost Update - February 2020

Dear Colleagues, I hope you all enjoyed a restful long weekend. Winter Quarter is in full swing and we have a lot ahead of us, so let’s jump in: Strategic Planning: Forums & Update We had our fourth Strategic Planning Steering Committee meeting this past Thursday, February 13th. Here is a brief summary of the...

Provost Update - January 2020

Dear Colleagues, Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful break and enjoyed time with friends and family. Time away from our work can be remarkably restorative. The start of the new year provides an ideal time to jump back into things with a fresh perspective. With that in mind, here are a few...

Provost Update - October 2019

Dear Colleagues, Welcome back! Serving as Interim Provost has opened my eyes to all of the great things faculty, staff, and students do at UCR. I am thrilled to be serving the campus in this role and am looking forward to what we can accomplish in the coming year. A few updates to keep you...

10-Minute Time Shift Beginning Fall Quarter, May 2019

Dear Campus Community, Starting this fall, UCR will be implementing the Course Scheduling Committee’s recommendation that classes begin on the hour and half hour, which will result in a ten-minute time shift to our class schedule. For example, if a class previously ran from 8:10 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., it will now run from 8:00...

Accreditation and Assessment Update, March 2019

Dear Colleagues, With the Winter quarter wrapping up, faculty will soon be turning attention to our course syllabi for the Spring. As you think about your syllabus, it is important to make sure that it lists the course learning goals, and that your assessment mechanisms help you determine how well students are meeting those goals...

Provost Town Hall, March 6, 2019

Presentation Slides

Provost Update, January 2019

Dear Colleagues, I hope you’re having a successful quarter and enjoying our beautiful, green hills and blue skies. Jim and I are looking forward to the spring desert wild flower season which we hope will be spectacular given our recent rains. I always look forward to winter in Riverside, and even more so because this...

Provost Update, September 2018

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to Fall! This coming weekend our new and returning students will be moving back into the dorms and to campus life. We are pleased that our new students include over 1500 transfer students. With the additional transfer students expected to join our campus in Winter 2019, the campus is well on its...

Provost Update, June 2018

Dear Colleagues, As we head into graduation week, I want to take a moment to say thank you. This has been a great year for UCR and it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing students, staff, and faculty who make it such a special place to work and learn. When we receive national recognition, like...

Provost Update, May 2018

Dear Campus Community, This Provost Update focuses on our plans for both the cluster hiring initiative and our next round of campus strategic planning. Below is the text of my letter to the Academic Senate on these topics, which was sent earlier today. During the past few years, we have received a substantial amount of...

Provost Update, January 2018

Dear Colleagues, I hope you all had a restful winter break and had the opportunity to relax and recharge with family and friends. We’re so lucky that while our colleagues on campuses across the country are dealing with cold, snowy weather, “winter” at UCR feels more like summer – which will be here before we...

Provost Update, November 2017

Dear Colleagues, This time of year, our thoughts turn to the things for which we’re thankful. I am so grateful for the incredible support you’ve shown with the announcement that I will continue serving our campus as provost. This is an exciting time for UCR and we’re on a great trajectory. We have wonderful faculty...

Provost Update, October 2017

Dear Colleagues, I love fall. While in other parts of the country the leaves are turning, fall in Riverside means more gentle temperatures and a jump in energy as we welcome our students back to campus and get back into the faster pace of the school year. I hope you were all able to take...

Provost Update, July 2017

Provost Update - July 2017 (or how we’re spending our summer vacation) Dear Colleagues, I hope that your summer is going well. While many faculty members spend the summer deeply focused on their research, others are helping our students by teaching in summer session. For me, the slightly slower pace that summer brings offers a...