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Letter to the Lasell College Community

Jim Ostrow: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Sociology

Jim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic AffairsJim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Members of the Lasell College Community,

Our recent move to a five-school academic structure marks a milestone advancement as Lasell enters its 167th year.

We have managed to find the best of both worlds: the high-touch, close-knit feel of a college that fosters strong relationships between students and faculty, and the academic characteristics of an institution that has grown significantly in size and stature. Lasell now houses its academic programs within the School of Business, School of Communication & the Arts, School of Fashion, School of Health Sciences, and School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Education.

The new structure grew out of conversations involving the entire community - students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Lasell. Our intention was to create a configuration that delivers on the promise of connected learning, offering the most exciting and robust educational experience for students. We also wanted to facilitate open communication among all offices on campus, fostering full participation in academic decision-making processes.

Our goal is to create greater cooperation and interdisciplinary thinking across campus, whether it's through development of new partnerships, curricular innovations, or new avenues for degree completion. Throughout this issue of Leaves, you'll find many instances of creative, collaborative thinking among members of our community.

The restructuring of academic affairs is a work in progress, and we will continue to evaluate our efforts and adjust accordingly. Organizational change is neither easy nor without challenge, but we are making positive steps forward to increase institutional pride, to strengthen the value of a Lasell education, and to provide an exciting new way to present ourselves to the world.

Sincerely,

Jim Ostrow Signature

Jim Ostrow
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Sociology

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