New Provost Launches Three-Year Improvement Plan

By Madeln Orton

Managing Editor

Originally published Step. 27, 2018

Mount Mercy’s new provost is emphasizing a three-year plant to improve the university.

Dr. Tim Laurent, provost and vice president for academic affairs, introduced the three-year EEE plan to Mount Mercy’s faculty in August. This plan pushes faculty to be excellent, efficient and entrepreneurial.

“My overall goal is for the institution to be healthier each day,” said Laurent.

According to Laurent, the EEE plan could include tweaking excellence within programs, combining classes, and perhaps adding new majors and online programs.

Another goal of Laurent was to construct four-year curriculum plans.

According to Laurent, these goals were received well by faculty.

“What I thought I was going to get was a good group of faculty and students who said ‘what do we need to do to get better,’ and that’s exactly what I found,” Laurent said.

Laurent earned his undergraduate degree in athletic training/health education from the University of Indiana. He then received his master’s degree in athletic training/health education from the University of Arizona and his doctorate in education administration from Ball State University.

Prior moving to Cedar Rapids and accepting the position at Mount Mercy, Laurent served as provost at the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana.

“As I was looking for a position, I wanted an environment that was values-based. I was looking for an institution that had a very strong connection with students and was very student-centered,” said Laurent.


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