Message from Provost Wutoh

Dear Howard University Community, 

Welcome to the 2023-24 academic year! This summer seems to have passed quickly, but I hope that you had a productive summer and had an opportunity to take time to rest, spend time with family and friends, and otherwise take some time for yourself. We are looking forward to greeting a large freshman class again, and there has been much preparation and planning for these students as well as our continuing students. 

Review important highlights and updates here.

New General Education Framework

The University has launched a new General Education framework that is anchored by seven Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) that every undergraduate student should achieve before earning a degree at Howard University: 

1. Knowledge of U.S. and Global African Diasporic Developments 
2. Knowledge of Human Cultures and Creative Expression 
3. Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World 
4. Intellectual and Practical Skills 
5. Social Responsibility and Knowledge of Political Institutions  
6. Leadership and Applied Learning 
7. Comprehensive Wellness Practices
We have adopted the new requirements for freshman and transfer students for the 2023-2024 academic year. The implementation of the revised General Education Program coincides with the deployment of our new student information system, BisonHub, which will facilitate an enhanced registration process and efficient business processes. The new General Education Program framework will offer greater flexibility to students, improve the advising process, and enhance the overall undergraduate experience.

Read more about the University's new General Education Framework here.


August 24, 2023 

Dear Howard University Community,

Howard University continues to strongly encourage all community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including boosters. Although the COVID emergency has been declared over, COVID is still active.  Currently, there is a nationwide increase in COVID cases, and it is important to continue to minimize the spread within the Howard community. The variant that is responsible for this current increase in cases is closely related to the Omicron strain and is not believed to cause any increase in severity of illness. 

Masking on campus is optional except where required, such as health facilities, clinical settings, and clinical training sites.  

The Student Health Center will be available for testing symptomatic students. The COVID center in Room 3600 of the Hospital Towers building will be available for testing symptomatic staff and faculty. COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment at the Howard University Hospital Towers Building, Room 3600. 

Guidelines regarding COVID symptoms

* People who are infected but asymptomatic or people with mild COVID-19 should isolate through at least day 5 (day 0 is the day symptoms appeared or the date the specimen was collected for the positive test for people who are asymptomatic). They should wear a mask through day 10. A test-based strategy may be used to remove a mask sooner. 

* People with moderate or severe COVID-19 should isolate through at least day 10. Those with severe COVID-19 symptoms may remain infectious beyond 10 days and may need to extend isolation for up to 20 days. 

* People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should isolate through at least day 20. The use of serial testing and consultation with an infectious disease specialist is recommended in these patients prior to ending isolation. 

A team of medical and public health experts at the University will continue to monitor coronavirus developments both in the US, and internationally. We will keep you updated as events warrant. We will continue to be proactive and careful, prioritizing the safety and health of our faculty, students and staff. Thank you. 

Click here for additional COVID FAQs

Excellence in Truth and Service, 

Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph. 
Provost and Chief Academic Officer 

Hugh E. Mighty, MD, MBA, FACOG 
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs 

Decanal Transitions


Gracie Lawson-Borders, PhD, dean of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC), will depart the position at the culmination of the 2023-2024 academic year. The University will promptly launch a national decanal search for the CHSOC. 

Read more

Social Work

Sandra Edmonds Crewe, PhD, dean of the School of Social Work, will depart the position at the culmination of the 2023-2024 academic year. The University will launch a national decanal search for the School of Social Work imminently.

Read more

Fine Arts

Dean Phylicia Rashad of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, will complete her service as dean at the end the 2023-2024 academic year.

Read more

New Center for Applied Data Science & Analytics

The Center of Applied Data Science and Analytics (CADSA) was founded to coordinate and facilitate interdisciplinary programs in data science and data analytics; collaborate with other institutes and centers on the campus; expand and coordinate research funding; and develop research and educational linkages that will include internship and placement programs with sponsoring corporations and government agencies. CADSA is offering a new online M.S. in Data Science and Analytics.

Learn more about CADSA