The Office of Academic Programs strives to enhance educational opportunities at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels by developing processes that are responsive to the economic, intellectual, and cultural needs of the state and the regions served by the 28 public institutions of the University System.
Academic program implementation will follow the model of a responsible culture that uses review and assessment to develop procedures that benefit students, faculty, and administrators while working as a unified system of educational opportunity. The development of academic programs comes with attendant foci and measures of accountability that collectively promote access to degree and course opportunities to a wide and diverse populace. The programs may be offered in multiple formats to meet the needs of multiple constituencies.
To address issues of accountability, programs will be developed that garner national, state, regional, and local attention in terms of research, scholarship, quality, viability, and productivity. Academic programs will be developed that expand disciplinary knowledge, solve problems, promote discovery, and contribute to the economic future of the state.
The goals of educational programs and processes associated with the maturation of the mind include graduating students with the intellectual and professional skills to broadly apply varying perspectives in a changing world that operates within a global context. These varying perspectives embrace the benefits of the diversity of students in education, research, and service. Academic offerings are offered on campuses that espouse a community of inclusion and achievement in all facets of the educational experience.