Strategic Plan for Academic and Student Affairs
Context For Planning
The Academic and Student Affairs Division consists of ten academic units (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Seidman College of Business, College of Community & Public Service, College of Education, Padnos College of Engineering & Computing, College of Health Professions, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Graduate School, University Libraries), and Academic & Student Support functions (including Student Services, Office of the Vice Provost for Health, Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, Center for Scholarly & Creative Excellence, Art Gallery & Collections). Led by the Provost and supporting staff, the Division prides itself on having disciplinary programs built upon the foundations of a liberal education tradition, and is widely recognized for its ability to develop necessary talent and leadership for the next generation and prepare all students to contribute productively to their professions and societies. The Division demonstrates its success in developing and supporting inclusivity and diversity, productivity, efficiency, and sustainability.
The Office of the Provost is committed to strategic planning, high impact learning experiences, innovative scholarship, and purposeful academic service to the community. Our work encompasses faculty and staff personnel concerns, budgeting, resource development, and faculty governance. Our role is to support teaching, scholarship, and public service through increasingly high quality, relevant curricula in a challenging, intellectual environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our goal is to encourage and sustain an environment of creativity, rigor, support, and openness that aids faculty, students, and the wider community in our search for knowledge.
This Strategic Plan represents the direction and focus of the Division, through the lens of the Office of the Provost. The role of the Office of the Provost is to provide the structure, support and resources needed to accomplish the outcomes and strategic priorities of the Division. This plan provides the focus and framework for the Division's work through 2021.
The Division of Academic and Student Affairs fosters a vibrant intellectual community to create and deliver exceptional academic and co-curricular programs and services. The work of the Division encourages and supports students, faculty and staff toward achievement of their educational and professional goals, through robust planning, assessment and improvement processes.
Embracing liberal education traditions as foundational to all academic programs, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs will be increasingly recognized for its ability to develop the essential talent and leadership for the next generation and prepare all students to contribute meaningfully to their professions and societies.
We value excellence in teaching and learning in all undergraduate and graduate programs.
We believe the principles and practices of a liberal education provide a sound foundation for the institutions academic programs.
We are committed to a student-centered, rigorous learning environment that integrates disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and co-curricular programs.
We value the use of high impact educational practices that demonstrate the relevance of liberal education and prepare students with essential skills for their lives after graduation.
We believe ethically-grounded scholarship in all of its forms contributes to the development and application of knowledge, creates a dynamic environment for learning, and enriches the world and the lives of its citizens.
We believe that innovation in teaching, learning and scholarship produces meaningful educational experiences and is critical to the growth and development of the University.
We value internal and external service that enriches the intellectual culture of the University and its communities.
We value and invest in economic, social, environmental and cultural initiatives and collaborations that have the potential to benefit our institution, our region and state, our nation, and the world.
We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body; inclusive programming and curricula; and a welcoming, respectful, and accessible environment are fundamental components of a quality educational experience and vibrant campus community.
We believe collaborative leadership through shared governance is central to the success of the University.
We believe in responsive leadership, with clarity and transparency in processes and communication.
We believe that strategic planning and purposeful assessment and evaluation of programs and processes are essential to the University's viability.