President Peter Salovey updates students on Yale’s academic priorities

Increased access to and affordability of a Yale education, construction of new landmark facilities for science and the humanities, and expanded opportunities for multidisciplinary teaching and scholarship are among the initiatives President Peter Salovey cited in his update on the university’s academic priorities on May 9.

In a letter to the Yale community, Salovey said that in investing in faculty excellence and recommitting to the university’s educational programming, “[our] goal is to make Yale stronger and build on existing strengths.

“Each element of our strategy also responds directly to a specific domestic or global challenge; it is our responsibility and the heart of our mission to improve the world today and for future generations.” (Read the complete update here.)

The president outlined the following goals and achievements.

Amplifying academic excellence, diversity, and multidisciplinarity

A rigorous Yale College curriculum

Increasing affordability and access to Yale College

Supporting graduate students across all schools of Yale

Embracing emerging opportunities in teaching and learning

A new innovation corridor

Saying that “[thinking] innovatively is an important component of educational excellence for students of all levels — and not only in the sciences,” Salovey wrote about Yale’s new innovation corridor, which includes the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, the Greenberg Engineering Teaching Concourse, and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY).

Although it is the newest program and awaiting construction of its own facility, Tsai CITY has already begun programming, said Salovey, adding: “Although it will certainly help students create new ventures and become entrepreneurs, it has a broader mandate. Tsai CITY provides students with the knowledge and experience to create and change public policy in their communities, to bring creativity and multidisciplinary approaches to their future careers, and to serve others.”

New landmark facilities for the sciences and humanities

“When you walk around campus, you will see physical changes that reflect bold investments in the sciences and humanities,” wrote Salovey, pointing to three current projects:

Upcoming opportunities for multidisciplinary scholarship and research

The newly created Tobin Center for Economic Policy will “teach students to think critically and to apply rigorous analysis to domestic policy issues,” said the president. The center has begun programming while it awaits construction of its headquarters.

In addition, the transformation of the Jackson Institute into the Jackson School of Global Affairs will “strengthen the university’s role in educating global citizens and leaders,” said Salovey. “Students will have new opportunities to work with distinguished faculty members and leading practitioners from government, military, industry, and other sectors.”