As the University of La Verne’s chief academic officer, the provost takes responsibility for achieving the highest standards of academic excellence, promoting research, scholarly and creative activities, and ensuring outstanding teaching. The deans of the four colleges work closely with the provost to achieve these goals. The provost also oversees Academic Affairs, which works to insure academic quality through institutional research, academic assessment, faculty development, enrollment management, student affairs, and academic support services of many kinds.
The provost’s administrative responsibilities include:
- Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the University vision,mission, values, and goals .
- Preparing the annual budget for Academic Affairs, and assuring that budgeting and financial planning is inextricably wedded to academic ideals, priorities and goals.
- Promoting academic excellence in graduate, undergraduate and non-traditional curricula and programs, both in-place and proposed.
- Encouraging, fostering the environment for, and supporting academic scholarship and research as intellectual activity eminently worthwhile and valuable in itself.
- Promoting the integration of academic scholarship and research with teaching and learning both inside the classroom and in community service.
- Promoting shared governance, collegiality, community, fairness and respect among administration, faculty, staff and students.
In this important leadership role, the provost works directly with the deans of the four academic units at the University of La Verne. These units include:
- The College of Arts and Sciences – engaging students with an innovative and challenging education in the traditional disciplines of a liberal arts education, including the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as graduate programs in psychology.
- The College of Business and Public Management – providing our undergraduate and graduate students with a broad-based management education that emphasizes the application of theory to management practice and builds conceptual skills and core values needed to become effective leaders and managers in today’s changing global environment.
- The College of Education and Organizational Leadership – offering undergraduate, graduate, and credential programs that integrate theory and practical application, preparing educators and leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions they need to succeed in today’s schools, organizations, and diverse communities.
- The College of Law – immersing students in a program of study that integrates substantive and applied learning while providing a values orientation that emphasizes professionalism and service to community – producing graduates who are prepared to meet the complex challenges of the modern practice of law. Jointly, the deans of the academic units provide academic oversight for our Regional Campus Administration.
In addition to the academic units, the Office of the Provost oversees the following University functions and offices:
- The Office of Enrollment Management under the Vice Provost – overseeing admission and marketing for the entire University, including undergraduate and graduate, adult and international, main campus and all regional campuses.
- Regional Campus Administration – administering, in cooperation with the colleges and academic departments, the delivery of courses leading to degrees through CAPA, the nine regional campuses, the Centers for Educators, and La Verne Online, providing education at times and places convenient to working adults.
- The Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – overseeing the promotion and tenure of faculty and a broad range of faculty development activities. As Accreditation Liaison Officer, the Associate Vice President also handles matters with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) including substantive change and the accreditation process.
- The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment – providing in collaboration with other offices information and actionable data to assist with institutional planning and decision-making, and serving as a clearinghouse for information about the University to outside agencies, publications, and the federal government.
- Academic Support and Retention Services – supporting student success by providing services that promote degree completion through sound academic advising, comprehensive management of academic records, academic support for graduate students and practical skills development to enhance learning. The Offices of Academic Advising, Registrar,Graduate Academic Services and the Learning Enhancement Center work in collaboration with faculty to support the educational experience and advance completion to graduation. The Center for Teaching and Learningprovides a broad range of instructional technology support services to faculty and students.
- The Elvin and Betty Wilson Library – serving the main campus in La Verne and all regional campuses with its book and periodical collection as well as its virtual library, allowing students access to electronic databases with over four million full text articles.
- The Office of Financial Aid – providing for the financial aid needs of undergraduate and graduate students on the Main Campus and throughout the Regional Campus Administration.
- Division of Student Affairs – providing programs and services to support all students in achieving their academic goals and to strengthen the traditional-age students’ personal development through co-curricular experiences. Departments serving our students include: Career Services, Commencement, Health Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, International and Study Abroad, Judicial Affairs, Leadership Education and Development, Office of Multicultural Services, Dining Services, Student Housing and Residential Education, and the Office of Student Life: Associated Students at the University of La Verne (ASULV), Campus Activities Board (CAB), Clubs and Organizations, Greek Life, New Student Orientation.
- Athletics – offering a full range of intercollegiate sports for undergraduate students.
- Office of Sponsored Research – providing pre-award support to faculty and staff to find funding opportunities and assist with the preparation and submission of proposals for external funding, as well as providing post-award guidance and review to ensure compliance with institutional, agency and federal award regulations.