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    Meet the Provost: providing answers to tough questions

    Gillian Seaman

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: News
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    Ever felt slightly embarrassed because you don't know what a provost does? Not to worry: according to provost Bud Baeslack at last Thursday's Meet the Provost Hour at the Rough Rider Room, many prospective students he was calling did not know either.

    "Eventually I just stopped introducing myself as provost Baeslack," he joked.

    Baeslack arrived at Case Western Reserve University this year with a wealth of experience in university administration. He served as engineering dean of Rennessler Polytechnic Institue and spent over 17 years as an administrator at Ohio State University. As provost, Baeslack is essentially the No. 2 person at Case Western Reserve University. One of his main duties is to oversee the academic programs of the university.

    Throughout the evening, Baeslack explained his position and fielded various questions from a student panel and audience about the university's upcoming plans. He continually emphasized the need of CWRU to focus its resources. "We need to have areas of excellence. We need to really invest in areas of excellence and make sure they're sound. And that's not just in engineering and medicine."

    Baselack also stressed that the humanities would receive equal attention. He stated, "Humanities research is equally important. Funding is important there and frankly, my funding goes farther there than it does sometimes when I try to do something with engineering."

    A main topic of discussion was the strategic plan, CWRU's planned improvements for the upcoming years. Baeslack focused primarily on the goals of internationalization and experiential learning. He announced that the university was preparing to hire a vice provost for internationalization with the hope of attracting more international students.

    He also highlighted the importance of experiential learning to CWRU students. "We want to be able to provide you not only a great classroom experience but also a great out of classroom experience," he said.
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