The Institute will coordinate communication about teaching and learning excellence both within the University, and to our stakeholders, in a more detailed and consistent manner. Teaching our students is at the core of the academic enterprise. We have an excellent story about our teaching mission that needs and deserves to be shared. Regardless of academic discipline, our faculty share a commitment to challenge our students to achieve academic success. We need to communicate more with one another about our ongoing efforts. This Institute will play a convening role, throughout each academic year, to promote a continuing institutional conversation. Similarly, the Institute will better inform our public stakeholders – parents, alumni, educational partners, policy makers – of our ongoing efforts, and our commitment to enhancing this aspect of our mission.