Programs of Excellence
The University of Nebraska allocates funding for areas of research, teaching and public service that are critical to Nebraska's public health, economic development, elementary and secondary education, and access to the university.
Since FY2003 the University of Nebraska has invested $20 million for Programs of Excellence (POE) on its four campuses to 140 separate programs. The purpose of the POE funds was to support campus priorities by leveraging a good program to attain a higher level of distinction and enhanced national reputation. In 2011 the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost undertook a review of the success to date of the investments made after five years of POE support. This review was in compliance with the requirements for periodic review in the Board of Regents Strategic Framework [SF2 (b) (i)]. The review sought to answer questions about how the funds were used; what investments the campuses made; what evidence of success could be measured from external funding, publications, or other relevant criteria; the effectiveness of the leadership and the history of any difficulties; and whether the POE program has a strategic plan and remains a campus priority.
Overall the POE investment has been very successful in building programs that led to new academic programs and enhanced research. The POE investment from 2003-2008 was $15.5 million. By 2012 that investment was matched by campus investments of almost $32 million. These investments have leveraged programs which have now won nearly $530 million in external funding. Over 10,700 publications, grants, papers, and awards have been produced in POE programs. The initial investment of POE supported in full or in part 107 tenure-track faculty hires and 90 non-tenure track faculty, staff, and graduate students. The successful investment in faculty resulted in a growth of external awards and endowment gifts that today assist in the funding of 157 tenure-track faculty members and another 147 non-tenure-track faculty, staff, and graduate assistants. All but a handful of programs that received a POE investment are in place today and continue to be campus priorities.
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Lincoln NE 68583
Susan M. Fritz is the Interim Executive Vice President and Provost and the Interim Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska, having served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Provost’s Office at the University of Nebraska since August 2011. Before joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Fritz served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Interim Dean of the Agricultural Research Division. She also directed IANR’s international agricultural programs, and is a former associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and department head of the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) program.
Dr. Fritz is a 1979 graduate of UNL; she received her master’s degree in 1989 and her Ph.D. in 1993, both from UNL. She and her husband Russell have managed Fritz Family Farm in Crete, a crop and cow-calf operation, since 1979. In 2009, Dr. Fritz was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. She recently completed a Fulbright Senior Specialist assignment at the University of Zagreb (Croatia), and serves as a North Central Higher Learning Commission Consultant Evaluator and a 2012 Baldrige Examiner with the U S Department of Commerce.
Nebraska Research Initiative
The Nebraska Research Initiative is an investment by the State of Nebraska to provide a research base within the University of Nebraska to enhance economic growth in business and industry, agriculture, social services and health care. The program is assisted by the President’s Research Board, an advisory body of private-sector representatives appointed by the university president.
Research conducted with NRI funding is focused on the following areas:
The executive vice president and provost is the University of Nebraska's chief academic officer and, after the president, the university's ranking administrative officer. The provost serves as dean of the Graduate College, presiding officer of the graduate faculty and chair of the Executive Graduate Council, responsible for implementing policies governing graduate studies and research.
The executive vice president and provost acts as an advisor to the president, chancellors and Board of Regents on matters related to academic affairs, graduate studies and research, and serves as acting president in the temporary absence of the president.
The office of the executive vice president and provost is responsible for: