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Provost’s Office Monthly – March 2024


As of this week, more than 58,000 students have applied to UConn for the upcoming academic year for 6,050 available spots across our five undergraduate campuses.  UConn continues to attract a diverse and academically talented first-year class, with 192 valedictorians and salutatorians in the current freshman class. In the month of April the Division of Student Life and Enrollment will host UConn Bound Days, where admitted students will have the opportunity to learn about UConn’s programs and campuses and prepare to make an important decision for their future. Our academic departments, schools and colleges, and student support and student life units are all deeply engaged in this work across our campuses, and I’m grateful for everything our faculty and staff do to welcome prospective students and their families.

Amidst the flurry of meetings and the demanding workload that characterizes this time of year, it's important to remember that this period is also marked by important and engaging events. A testament to this was the recent Distinguished Professor Speaker Series event celebrating newly-appointed Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Doug Casa. He was joined by a panel of his esteemed colleagues Dr. Elaine Lee, Dr. Neal Glaviano, and Dr. Lindsay DiStefano, who are all nothing short of inspiring. We learned about Dr. Casa’s remarkable journey and pioneering work in heat exhaustion, and I highly encourage you to watch the recording available here.

I was also honored to attend the Spring Pow Wow hosted by our Native American Cultural Programs last weekend. The Pow Wow returned for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic. We also had a visit and talk by Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Nation, a UConn alumnus and dynamic member of the Connecticut community. He shared the inspiring history of the Mashantucket Pequot Nation and neighboring nations and reminded us all of the wonderful exhibitions and collections at the Pequot Museum, a rich educational and cultural resource utilized by several faculty in their classes.

We have reached the conclusion of our scheduled budget town halls. The active participation and questions raised during these sessions were invaluable. For those who were unable to attend or wish to revisit the discussions, recordings are available online. Updates about the ongoing budgeting process will continue to be shared as new developments arise. I also want to emphasize the importance of our senate meetings. These gatherings are a cornerstone of shared governance, and the administration shares important updates relevant to our community at every meeting.

Lastly, with the anticipation of summer break and the warmer days ahead, it's crucial to remember the importance of self-care. The culmination of the academic year is indeed our busiest period, filled with deadlines and commitments – multiple colleagues have aptly described this time of year to me recently as a “rollercoaster.” However, it's also a time to celebrate our accomplishments and to rejuvenate. I encourage each of you to give yourself the breaks and grace necessary to navigate successfully through this period.

All best,



New Motions Passed by University Senate

The University Senate passed three motions to update the SET+ Motions during the Senate Meeting held on March 4, 2024. Please see the Senate website linked here for detailed information regarding the motions.


PTR and PR Forums  

The Faculty Standards Committee of the University Senate, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office, will host two separate forums on faculty promotion, tenure, and reappointment via WebEx on Friday, April 12, 2024. These forums aim to ensure that all faculty members are familiar with the promotion, tenure, and reappointment procedures and expectations at the university. Faculty will also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from the administration.

Faculty and staff who plan to attend must RSVP to the calendar event for each session by April 10th to attend. Recordings of the programs will be available after April 15th. Please reach out to with any questions.

Reading Days 

Reading Days are Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and April 28. Per the University Senate By-Laws, the intent of Reading Days is as follows:

Reading Days are protected time for students to prepare for the final exam and assessment period. Instructors shall not require any course-related activity, assessment, or submission of work on Reading Days. Instructors may use Reading Days for optional activities, such as office hours. While an instructor cannot initiate required course-related activity, assessments, or submission of work on Reading Days, instructors have the option to accommodate student requests for required work and/or examinations to be rescheduled for a Reading Day. Reading Days restrictions do not include responsibilities with external placements, such as clinical positions and internships.

Final Exams 

Final exams begin on Monday, April 29, and end on Saturday, May 4.

Final in-class examinations may not be given during the last week of classes. Other types of assessments (for example, but not only, portfolios, performances, projects, presentations, etc.) may be due in the last week of classes, but should be clearly delineated on the syllabus from the first week of classes.

Undergraduate students may request rescheduling for an exam through the Dean of Students Office for the Storrs campus or each regional campus student services office, and as early as possible. The reasons for such a request include bunched finals or other extenuating circumstances. Such bunched finals may include final assessments like juried performances for Fine Arts students. A student whose absence is excused by the Dean of Students Office or regional student services staff shall have an opportunity to take a final without penalty. Please consult the Dean of Students website and the Registrar’s website for further details.



HuskyCT integrates with Kaltura

The integration now allows to stream Kaltura videos within HuskyCT. An upgrade by Kaltura is mandatory for Ultra courses. We're updating the integration in preparation for the university-wide transition to Ultra. Next week, we'll begin migrating links to Kaltura videos, starting with inactive courses. Spring 2024 courses will follow after the semester ends. You may notice changes in how Kaltura media appears in your courses, but all links will remain functional. No videos will be lost. Details on the changes can be found at:

Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting Implementation – Survey!

The Office of Budget, Planning and Institutional Research and Office of the Provost are requesting faculty and administrative user input as we transition from HuskyDM to Interfolio FAR. Your feedback will guide the improvements we make to the faculty data collection and reporting processes.

Faculty User Survey Link:

Administrative User Survey Link:

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will remain open through April 19th. Your responses will be kept confidential and will only be used to enhance the faculty data management and reporting experience.

Reminder: Red Folder

The Red Folder is a resource to help faculty and staff recognize, respond to, and refer students in distress. It contains important tips and information about campus and community resources to support UConn students.

Take a Field Trip!

Enjoy a day with the sea creatures! The Mystic Aquarium offers discounted general admission tickets to UConn students, faculty, and staff. Please see the UConn Employee Discount for Mystic Aquarium linked here.


Record Setting HUSKIES!

The 2024 HuskyTHON was a tremendous success bringing in a record $1.7+ million dollars for Connecticut Children’s Center! HuskyTHON is a year-long philanthropic effort that raises funds for Connecticut Children’s Hospital through an 18-hour dance marathon. It's one of the top 10 dance marathons in the US and has raised over $13M in 25 years. Thank you to all who participated this year!

3.0 Night!

On February 28, the Student Athlete Success Program and Division of Athletics held their annual 3.0 Night celebration at the UConn Women’s basketball game vs. Villanova. The event recognized student athletes who achieved a 3.0 or better in the Spring ’23 and/or Fall ’23 semesters. We are proud and inspired by our student athletes who display excellence both in their sport, and in the classroom. We are so proud of the work completed by Ellen Tripp, the director of the Student-Athlete Success Program (SASP), as well as all of the counselors and advisors in this unit for the valuable support and academic counseling they provide to our student-athletes.


Celebrating Graduates and Professional Students

Monday, April 8th to Friday, April 12th is the 2024 UConn Graduate Student Appreciation Week, a week full of activities and events designed to celebrate graduate students here at UConn.

2024 Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award Nominees

Congratulations to all of our professional staff and faculty advisors who were nominated for the 2024 Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Awards!

We invite you to join us in recognizing the extraordinary contributions of undergraduate academic advisors in supporting academic success and student development at the 2024 Advising Celebration and Undergraduate Advising Awards, to be held Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Alumni Center.

RSVP here by April 3, 2024

Visit the Advising Awards website to view current and past advising award nominees and award winners.

Staff Technology Day is June 4th!

Save the date! Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Office of the Provost will host Staff Technology Day on Tuesday, June 4th. All UConn staff are welcome to attend this full day of professional development on all things UConn IT. This year’s conference-style event will take place in McHugh Hall and feature workshops and demonstrations for beginners and advanced users.

Session information and registration will be available in April.

Office Hours with Provost D’Alleva

Provost D’Alleva and her leadership team will be holding in-person office hours for all faculty and staff at the each of UConn’s multiple campuses throughout the spring semester. All are encouraged to join as available to discuss concerns, questions and ideas.


March 31: Easter Sunday

April 1: University Senate

April 8: Last day to withdraw from a course, last day to place or remove courses on pass/fail

April 9-10: Eid al-Fitr

April 17: Board of Trustees Meeting

April 19: Last day for Master’s and Doctoral degree candidates to upload final thesis and dissertation

April 22-30: Passover

April 26: Last day of classes

April 27-April 28: Reading Days

April 29-May 4: Final Exams

May 4-May 6: Commencement