NSU’s Academic Affairs division consists of the College of Business and Technology, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Health Professions, Oklahoma College of Optometry, College of Extended Learning, and the College of Graduate Studies. In addition to the colleges, Academic Affairs includes several support units including the John Vaughan Libraries, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Institutional Effectiveness, the Center for Tribal Studies, the Office of International Programs, Student Academic Success Center and the Registrar’s office. The mission of Academic Affairs is to create and maintain a supportive learning environment that promotes the university’s academic endeavors in undergraduate, graduate,
The unit supports student learning through excellence in teaching, faculty scholarly activity, and service to students, the university, and our communities. Academic Affairs is committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education in the state and region, and achieving national and international prominence in the professional optometry program. Additionally, we are committed to embedding student support in NSU’s classrooms and to providing appropriate campus resources to our students who need help.
The heart of Academic Affairs and the key to student enrollment, retention and success, are the quality programs and outstanding faculty in each undergraduate college and the Graduate College. Research (e.g. Tinto, and others) indicates that students’ interactions with faculty and engagement with courses have a lasting impact on the scope and pattern of student departures. By offering and marketing relevant programs which are taught by faculty who demonstrate their interest and caring for students, NSU’s colleges play a critical role in reaching the D23 goals.
NSU Libraries support student learning and faculty instruction by providing research materials and electronic access to information tailored to curriculum, and in consultation with teaching faculty. The Libraries assist the faculty in the goal of providing our students with intellectual skills such as critical and
reflective thinking, knowledge acquisition, integration and application, and in developing an appreciation for life-long learning.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has a primary responsibility for advancing faculty knowledge of pedagogy in order to maximize the opportunity for every student to reach his/her learning potential. CTL will accomplish this by providing professional development activities, training in instructional techniques, assistance with technology tools and overseeing course evaluation processes. CTL will support faculty so that students will meet high academic standards.
The College of Extended Learning (CEL) is the umbrella organization for academic and continuing education programs targeting returning adult learners, community development, and professional certifications. CEL serves as a “delivery agent” for colleges offering online degree programs, assisting in development and promotion of these programs. As a key component of CEL, the Continuing Education department (CE) is dedicated to promoting the university mission of empowering individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery. This is accomplished by offering a variety of customized, high quality, noncredit courses, in an engaging learning environment. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of all students and the communities we serve.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will be called upon to provide evidence that speaks to program quality and student learning as they relate to the D23 goals. The office facilitates the generation, compilation, interpretation, and distribution of institutional data to enhance decision making. Its services include administering various surveys and inventories, collecting the annual OSRHE assessment reports and coordinating program area assessments with standardized tests.
Finally, the Registrar’s office will provide the entire campus community with enrollment, retention, and graduation data including headcounts, credit hour production, degree production, and any other data points needed to fully evaluate our efforts related to D23 goals. The office plays a critical role in sharing data used in academic program prioritization, baseline enrollment and projection processes, and in completing all appropriate state and federal reporting requirements to ensure that the university remains compliant with
state and federal regulations.
Academic Affairs supports the D23 Plan in the following ways:
- Providing students excellent learning opportunities through the selection and support of qualified, committed and caring faculty.
- Utilizing Academic Program Prioritization as a catalyst for maintaining and developing foundation and signature academic programs.
- Establishing academic program baseline enrollment standards and projected growth goals.
- Establishing and embracing retention goals that are set for each college and department at NSU.
- Enhancing and leveraging the effectiveness of remediation efforts by investigating, evaluating, and implementing curricular models such as corequisite models, supplemental instruction, and bridge courses.
- Supporting student retention by providing tutoring, counseling, and advising support through the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) and the Indigenous Scholar Development Center.
- Expanding the online delivery of academic programs by embracing and utilizing available and advanced technologies.
- Implementing immersive learning principles that includes community-based projects guided by faculty mentors; we believe that effective learning occurs when the student is “immersed” in the material being studied--so involved that the topic becomes compelling all on its own.