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RECOMMENDED BOARD ACTION ITEM

WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

DECEMBER 15, 2005

Endorsement by the Board of Trustees of the Vision for Rice University  

  • Whereas the Board of Trustees has discussed the vision for Rice University emerging from the Call to Conversation process; 
     
  • RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees adopt the following resolution;
  • Whereas, the emerging vision for Rice University has been shaped by an informed and thorough process with wide participation from the extended Rice University community, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, and Houston community leaders; and 
     
  • Whereas, the emerging vision reflects the broad consensus of this extended community and builds on Rice's history of aspiring to be a university of the highest grade;
     
  • RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees endorses the vision as described in the following revised mission statement:

As a leading university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contribution to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

  • RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Board of Trustees endorses the goals to further this mission:

-We must visibly and substantially increase our commitment to our research mission and raise our research and scholarship profile.

-We must provide a holistic undergraduate experience that equips our students with the knowledge, the skills, and the values to make a distinctive impact in the world.

-We must strengthen our graduate and postdoctoral programs to attract and recruit high-caliber students and young researchers.

-We must aggressively foster collaborative relationships with other institutions to leverage our resources.

-We must invest in a select number of interdisciplinary endeavors that will enable us to leverage our own strengths, as well as the strengths of potential collaborators.

-We must continue to invest in our professional schools in architecture, management, and music, as well as the Baker Institute of Public Policy, and seek ways to integrate their success into the broader university.

-We must grow the size of the university to realize more fully our ambition as an institution of national and international distinction that attracts the very best students and researchers from around the globe.

-We must become an international university, with a more significant orientation toward Asia and Latin America than now characterizes our commitments. 

-We must provide the spaces and facilities that will cultivate greater dynamism and vibrancy on the campus and foster our sense of community.

-We must fully engage with the city of Houston-learning from it and contributing to it-as a successful partnership with our home city is an essential part of our future.