The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning was established in 2010 to work in close collaboration with the University's academic and administrative units to attract, advance, and retain a diverse faculty to more closely reflect the composition of the national pool of qualified candidates.  The Office facilitates faculty development, diversity, and planning initiatives that are tightly woven into the core functions and decision-making processes of the University.  The work of the Office is guided by the conviction that there is an inextricable link between diversity and academic excellence. 

The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning is responsible for:

  • Serving as a resource to Schools and Departments on programs to enhance Columbia as a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive academic community.
  • Supporting the establishment of data-driven plans to identify where initiatives are needed to improve faculty recruitment, development, and retention, and track progress.
  • Creating programs, in collaboration with Columbia’s academic and administrative units, to promote faculty development and success.
  • Providing leadership on short- and long-term planning to support the University's academic mission and goals.

The Office extends and replaces the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives.  To facilitate greater coordination and integration of faculty life and faculty development, the Office of Work/Life and the Office of Faculty Retirement report to the Vice Provost for Academic Planning.