ACCOLADES The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named UR among the U.S. colleges and universities that
PRODUCED THE MOST 2017– 18 FULBRIGHT U.S. SCHOLARS. Three scholars from the University of Richmond were awarded Fulbright grants, the top number in the Bachelor’s institutions category. The University of Richmond has had 16 faculty members awarded Fulbrights in the past five years.
The Princeton Review ranked UR No. 3 among the
TOP 25 BEST SCHOOLS FOR INTERNSHIPS AND NO. 39 AMONG THE TOP 50 COLLEGES THAT PAY YOU BACK — up from No. 18 and No. 48 last year, respectively — in the 2018 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” Colleges included are considered the nation’s best for academics, affordability, and career prospects.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named UR to its list of the
“300 BEST COLLEGE VALUES FOR 2018,” ranking Richmond No. 18 out of the 100 best values in private liberal arts colleges.
Poets&Quants for Undergrads, a leading online publication for undergraduate business education news, ranked the Robins School of Business
NO. 21 ON ITS 2017 LIST OF THE BEST UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOLS, up six spots from last year. The ranking is based on a representative survey of more than 6,000 recent graduates and school-reported data. Students across 82 schools were surveyed on aspects of admissions standards, academic experience, and employment placement.
UR BETTER initiative to make work processes more efficient
The Stewardship pillar of the strategic plan calls for the University to “work aggressively to achieve the University’s goals while moving away from an additive model that places stress on the human, environmental, and financial resources of the University.” This spring, the University is launching a campus-wide effort, UR Better, to reduce the burden of inefficient administrative processes for faculty and staff and, as a result, enable them to better utilize their talents and skills on behalf of the educational mission of the University. UR Better will reimagine and redesign our work processes to be simpler, smarter, and more effective while also embracing technologies that improve accuracy and compliance and reduce the need for manual and/or duplicative work. The success of UR Better is dependent upon participation and input from the campus community. Faculty and staff will be encouraged to not only look within their own areas for process improvement opportunities, but also to look at work holistically since many of our day-to-day tasks are interwoven or connected with those of our colleagues. “We’re asking people to consider the way they do things,” said David Hale, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We are looking for opportunities to make people’s work more productive and fulfilling." Lori Schuyler, vice president for planning and policy, echoed the sentiment. “We want to make sure that University processes are as simple and as smart as they can be so that faculty and staff at the University can focus their time and expertise on our educational mission.” Existing resources have been reallocated to provide support for UR Better. Sybil Fellin, former data analyst in the planning and budget office, will take the project lead. An analyst position will be created from an existing financial offices’ position, and a search will be launched this spring to fill that position. In addition, the initiative’s executive sponsors — Hale; Schuyler; Stephanie Dupaul, vice president for enrollment management; Jeffrey Legro, executive vice president and provost; Keith “Mac” McIntosh, vice president for information services and chief information officer; and Patrice Rankine, School of Arts & Sciences dean — have invited representatives from every division on campus to participate on the project steering committee, which held its first meeting in April. Schuyler says the team is actively searching for opportunities for process improvements and all community members can participate by offering suggestions via urbetter.richmond.edu. Suggestions will be prioritized through Steering Committee work, and process improvement efforts will begin this summer. “We have an opportunity and responsibility to improve our processes,” McIntosh said. “When we are successful, we’ll be able to better focus on our core mission of educating our students … and helping people do their jobs more effectively.”
For faculty and staff at the University of Richmond