This Office, under the leadership of the Executive Vice President and Provost is responsible for academic programs and related support services including faculty development, promotion and tenure, faculty development leaves, academic budgeting, personnel issues in the academic affairs area, curricular planning, and assessment. The deans of the colleges, three vice provosts and the director of the Core Curriculum report to the Provost.
The Provost also coordinates all short- and long-term space planning at the University, including the setting of priorities for renovations through the Facilities Resource Committee (FRC), and overall campus master planning. This arrangement of responsibility means that short-term and strategic planning of space will be driven by the university's academic mission.
The Office of the Provost is committed to continuous enhancement of educational experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students through curriculum development, faculty development, outreach activities, research opportunities, and cooperation with public schools and community groups. Statewide needs for quality higher education are also a recognized part of providing educational opportunities through on-campus programs, off-campus educational offerings, and various distance education programs.