T10 Strategic Planning Initiatives

Since the release of the T10 Strategic Plan in November 2013, the Office of the Provost in collaboration with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends from around the university have begun to implement T10 initiatives. Current initiatives include:

Data-Intensive Studies Center
The Data-Intensive Studies Center (DISC) aims to engage faculty and students across Tufts as you pursue research and educational goals. We welcome your comments on the proposal. Please email provost@tufts.edu. Please note that the proposal focuses on the substantive components of DISC. The administrative and budgetary components, which are also critical to the success of this initiative are under development and will be affected by what emerges from the substantive review. Read the draft proposal.

Bridge Professorships
To encourage the recruitment of greater numbers of interdisciplinary faculty, Tufts has created Bridge Professorships, an extension of the very successful recent cluster hiring initiative in the School of Arts and Sciences. The Bridge Professorships program will enable the hiring of faculty whose scholarship bridges academic units across or within schools. The program will enhance the already vibrant interdisciplinary work across the university and form the foundation upon which new interdisciplinary bridges are built. Read more about Bridge Professorships.

Tufts 1+4
Tufts University and its Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service launched Tufts 1+4, a novel bridge year program that will offer incoming students of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to engage in a year of full-time national or international service before beginning the traditional college experience. Tufts 1+4 will place these admitted first-year students in selected service organizations starting in the fall of 2015, before they begin their four-year undergraduate studies the following fall. The program is one of the initiatives springing from the 10-year strategic plan unveiled by Tufts in the fall of 2013. Read the Tufts Now story on Tufts 1+4.

Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost
Provost Harris established a search committee to identify the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost for the university. This position was created in direct response to the Diversity Council Report which was approved by the Trustees in November 2013, alongside the T10 Strategic Plan. The first appointee to the Chief Diversity Officer position was instated in April of 2015. A new search is currently underway; further details forthcoming.

Teaching and Learning Engagements at Tufts (TALEs)
TALEs reinforces the University’s commitment to teaching and learning as a strategic priority by connecting and enhancing many existing resources and activities across the University that support excellence in teaching. In so doing, TALEs will illuminate opportunities for the development of new programs to create impactful engagements with effective teaching throughout our campus. Read more about TALEs.