COVID-19 has changed how we learn, teach, and work together. In this period of unprecedented change and transition, what can we do to make an even better University?
Now is the perfect opportunity to reimagine the University of Rochester. We’re encouraging anyone and everyone to share their ideas.
We can rethink how we teach, what we teach, where we teach, when we teach, and whom we teach. We can forge new ways of fostering groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, creative research that addresses the world’s big problems and explores unanswered questions. We can dramatically improve engagement with the community, with alumni, with faculty, and staff. We can imagine changes to our spaces, campus, and waterfront. We can discover new ways of learning, treating patients and creating new programs in the arts and sports.
The University community is invited to provide further feedback on any or all of these themes by August 14. If you have already submitted a specific idea you do not need to resubmit it. It will be included in the analysis process moving forward.
Learn more about Project Imagine
What is Project Imagine?
Provost Rob Clark has formed a committee called Project Imagine that includes faculty, staff, and students from across the institution. The committee has been charged with proposing at least ten “big and bold ideas” by September 1 that could redefine the University.
The Project Imagine team is looking for any and all ideas that could help reimagine how the University operates, from changing University’s organizational structure to altering the academic calendar to doing away with large lecture courses, and more.
The Project Imagine team commits to demonstrating these principles throughout the project:
- An openness to big and bold ideas that challenge our assumptions of what’s possible.
- An egalitarian approach to idea generation that places no voice or opinion above another.
- A transparent and inclusive process that gives everyone an opportunity to contribute.
- A positive and optimistic mindset that focuses on strengths and opportunities rather than weaknesses.
Additionally, the Project Team will model the values of the University of Rochester at all times to further the University’s mission to learn, discover, heal, create and make the world ever better.
Learn more about the committee’s charge in the Project Imagine Charter.
Leader: Ray Dorsey, the David M. Levy Professor of Neurology and director of the Center for Health + Technology
Facilitator: Julia Maddox, director of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries