This month’s scholarly highlights will take us around the world: Thomas Jaywardene in Italy and Sri Lanka, Marianne Robins in France, Mitchell Thomas and John Blondell in China, Michael Shasberger in Russia, Jeff Schloss in the Netherlands, Greg Orfalea in Turkey, Tom Walters in Norway, Warren Rogers in Hawai’i, and Bill Wright in Oxnard.
"Oxnard," at least in the Provost’s shop, is code for staying put for a while to do some diligent work in the office. For Bill recently that includes gathering data and compiling reports for the WASC self-study. He has harnessed a wide array of comments from several committees about our performance on each of WASC’s four standards, and is preparing a summary of strengths and concerns that will soon be vetted with those committees once again. On that theme, we are pleased to host our WASC liaison, Maureen Maloney, during a campus visit on November 11. She will be advising us about preparations for our institutional evaluation in 2015-2016.
On October 30, I will be off for a few days to Singapore, where President Beebe and I will explore some possibilities for educational partnerships and collaboration. Reports from our current global programs have been encouraging, and I have included below a short glimpse into the new Westmont in Northern Europe program led by Chris Hoeckley and Cheri Larsen Hoeckley.
No need to travel far to celebrate the installation of Edee Schulze. I'm looking forward to a rich academic and co-curricular partnership in the years ahead.