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Academic Affairs Mission Statement

The Division of Academic Affairs promotes exemplary liberal learning in the arts and sciences by supporting an inclusive, global, creative, and intellectually stimulating academic environment dedicated to educating women who think deeply, live honorably and engage the social and intellectual challenges of their times.

In partnership with students, faculty, and staff, the division:

Encourages critical thinking about — and college policies and practices attuned to — issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, and nationality;

Supports student success and retention by providing opportunities for students to cultivate creativity, intellectual curiosity, social awareness, interpersonal skills, and global perspectives that will enable them to assume leadership roles in their careers and communities;

Provides infrastructure and support for information and instructional technology, as well as for library resources and information fluency;

Offers students a rich array of experiential learning opportunities including faculty-mentored research, study abroad, service learning, public service, and internships;

Enables professional development of faculty and staff by facilitating participation in professional organizations, academic and professional conferences, artistic exhibits and workshops, and seminars and classes;

Facilitates faculty and student research by identifying, providing, and managing internal and external sources of funding aimed at improving liberal arts teaching and scholarship.