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Message from the Vice Provost – April 2023

Portrait of Phil Reid
Philip J. Reid, Vice Provost, Academic Student Affairs

By now, more than 23,000 admitted applicants have received their “Welcome to the Husky Family” letters – letters that, at the same time, mark milestones and new beginnings. As they make their decisions, we have invited the admitted students and their families to Admitted Student Day on April 15, and we expect about 7,000 students and families to join us for a full day of programs and events that show what the UW offers. I encourage everyone who is able to volunteer a couple of hours to do so. This is one of the first steps in providing students with the best possible Husky Experience.

Over the last year, our teams throughout Academic and Student Affairs have navigated change strategically and thoughtfully. I want to share a few ways in which ASA units have worked together to support positive change.

  • ASA’s Strategic Initiatives is supporting a provost initiative focused on the Future of Teaching & Learning that will result in projects and policy proposals to improve instructional quality and access.
  • The Privacy Office has been developing policies to keep personally identifiable information both secure and accurate.
  • The Center for Teaching & Learning is hosting a four-event Symposium, including a digital gallery showcasing the teaching practices of faculty across all three campuses and a faculty panel on “Sustainable Teaching.”
  • The Office of the University Registrar continues to develop innovative policies that directly improve student lives. They have focused on streamlining their student-facing administrative policies, with a goal of pivoting student processes from “in-line,” physically, to “online,” digitally.

As a team, ASA has turned away from the triage needed at the height of the pandemic, to more forward-oriented, future-driven efforts. We are able to, once again, focus on our individual unit goals while keeping an eye on our collective impact. Just as our admitted students mark the end of high school and the start of their college careers, I invite us to prepare for our own new beginnings.


Philip J. Reid
Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs
Professor of Chemistry