The initiatives below are ongoing MU projects that are housed (either fully or in collaboration with another unit) in the Provost’s Office.

Faculty Workload Review

In Fall 2020, the Office of the Provost convened a task force to recommend university-level guidance on workload expectations. This task force included representation from members of Faculty Council, Teaching for Learning Center, the Office of Research and Economic Development, The Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, and the Office of Extension and Engagement. The recommendations of this University Workload Expectations Task Force on expectations for faculty workload in each area of teaching, research, and service, provide guidance on a university standard for all workload policies, while recognizing the disciplinary diversity that must be reflected in unit level policies. This document provides a set of guiding principles to frame these discussions, resources to guide the review, and a timeline for this process. 

Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is an ongoing study of faculty job satisfaction coordinated and administered by Harvard University. COACHE strives to place actionable information in the hands of participating colleges and universities to improve work life for faculty. COACHE administers an annual survey and provides each participating institution with a formal Provost’s Report containing both internal and external comparative analyses highlighting each institution’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. The University of Missouri Office of Institutional Research and Quality Improvement has used this data to create reports specific to each school and college.

MU’s most recent COACHE survey was administered in Spring 2019. In June 2019, Provost Ramchand convened the COACHE Survey Faculty Job Satisfaction Committee to analyze data from the survey and issue a report. Go to the COACHE page to see the 2019 and 2016 COACHE Results and Information.

Exit Interviews

Beginning in 2021, the Provost’s Office will be doing optional exit interviews with all tenure-line faculty who decide to leave the University. The purpose of this initiative is to better understand why faculty are leaving MU and what we can be doing better to retain them. Please contact Alexandra Socarides, Associate Provost for Faculty Success ( for more information.


Resource Allocation Model

The University of Missouri’s resource allocation model must ensure good stewardship of resources and management of costs that align with strategy. It should be flexible, transparent, and easily understood. The resource allocation model will also provide the information and incentives necessary for sound decisions at appropriate levels about revenues and costs to support the institutional mission. This is critical if the University is to compete successfully in a dynamic higher education environment. For questions, contact


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Strategic Plan

As a comprehensive research university, we are privileged to extend our research, learning, engagement and economic development beyond our campus. Our mission starts here but our impact is global. Our plan embodies our commitment to our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the larger community. In this commitment is our recognition that while we are the University of Missouri, we are really the University for Missouri. To see the details of the Strategic Plan, click here.