The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the coordination of all phases of the instructional program. Academic Affairs is composed of 16 academic departments clustered within four major academic divisions: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, and Health Sciences. Other academic areas in the Division of Academic Affairs are First Year Experience and Academic Support Services, Continuing and Graduate Studies, and the Honors Program. Support areas include Library Services, Sponsored Programs, Information Technology Systems, the Title III Office, and the Division of Enrollment Management. A division director who is responsible to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs administers each academic division. The divisions are organized into departments. There is a chairperson who is responsible for the operation of the department and who reports directly to the division director.
The governing standard for all areas is the concept of quality and the pursuit of academic excellence.
- General education provides for all students the academic foundations and cultural experiences essential to a liberal arts education.
- Specialized education provides students with the experiences necessary to master an academic discipline in preparation for a vocation or for advanced study in a graduate or professional school.
- The area of First Year Experience & Academic Support Services provides supervision for all phases of the general education program. Included are the First Year Experience Program, Academic Advising Center, University testing, Academic Resource Center, Early Warning and Intervention Program, the Upward Bound Program, and the Office of Community Service. This entire area is in the Division of Enrollment Management.
- Continuing Studies offers facilities and leadership to individuals, businesses, industries and professionals of the community. Opportunities are provided to enrich life or improve one's occupational status through constant or periodic study.
- The Honors Program provides challenging and stimulating educational opportunities and cultural experiences for the academically talented student. The program frees both the student and the faculty from many of the restraints of the traditional classroom structure and encourages independence and critical inquiry. Students participate actively in intensive intellectual discussion and debate in small classes and seminars and engage in special projects and research.
- Library services assist faculty, staff, students and others with securing additional resources for program enhancement and development.
- The Office of Sponsored Programs is a support structure that is responsible for the pre- and post-award administration of externally sponsored programs. It seeks to assist faculty and staff members in a variety of ways of identifying funding. Pre-award services include providing information on funding opportunities, assisting faculty in developing programs with potential for external sponsorship, coordinating the review process for proposals and approving proposals prior to submission and to the funding agency. The office maintains data on proposal submissions and awards, faculty interest and expertise and institutional capability. Post-award responsibilities include reviewing and processing new awards, coordinating the prior approval process for budget changes and other modifications to externally sponsored programs.
- The Title III Office serves as the primary liaison between the United States Department of Education and the university to ensure the university's compliance with Title III guidelines and procedures.
- The Division of Enrollment Management includes the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, the Office of the Registrar, and First Year Experience & Academic Support Services.