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The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (VPAA) supports the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, provides leadership in maintaining the regional accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and serves as a liaison to various state and Federal agencies. The VPAA is responsible for providing administrative oversight for campus-wide initiatives in Science and Engineering and fosters collaborations between Arts and Sciences, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Nicholas School of Environmental and Earth Sciences, and the School of Medicine. The VPAA has the responsibility of coordinating the creation of strategic plans for the University. The VPAA also undertakes special projects for the Provost.

The Office consists of the Manager of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation, the Manager of Educational Compliance, and the Online Data Coordinator.

The Office is responsible for:

  • working with the Academic Programs Committee on strategic planning and programmatic development

  • coordinating and supporting assessment initiatives across campus

  • ensuring compliance with state and federal distance education regulations as well as with SACS-COC accreditation guidelines

  • working with the Office of Information Technology and the deans to develop strategies for providing infrastructure to meet needs for high performance computing

  • working with faculty, department chairs and deans to spur innovative changes in the science and engineering curricula

  • facilitating cross-department and cross-school faculty hiring

  • developing strategies for promoting vertical integration

  • serving on the Board of Directors of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)

  • serving on the Board of Directors of Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies (TUCASI)

New and Noteworthy

Upcoming Events

STEAM Challenge Meet-Ups:

All 2015-2016 STEAM Challenge Meet-Ups will be held in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Room C104 (PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge).

Assessment Roundtable:

Assessment of Quantitative Literacy and Reasoning
Wednesday, March 2, 3:00 pm
041 East Union (aka Marketplace)


Matt Serra and Jennifer Hill, Office of Assessment Trinity College, will present the methodology and initial findings from Duke's ongoing study of undergraduate quantitative literacy and reasoning.

Assessment at DKU
Tuesday, March 8, 2:00 pm

Deedra McClearn will discuss about assessment initiatives underway at Duke Kunshan University (DKU).

Exploring the flipped classroom
Wednesday, March 16, 2:00 pm
1001 Bevan Building

(Parking passes will be available)

Matt Serra and Jennifer Hill, Office of Assessment Trinity College, will discuss a recent multi-disciplinary study of the effectiveness of flipped classroom pedagogies.

Folio Thinking
Thursday, April 14, 10:00 am
Perkins 217

In November 2015 Jennifer Ahern-Dodson and Jennifer Hill gave an introductory presentation on Folio Thinking and the pedagogies guiding portfolio development in higher education.  This spring Jennifer Ahern-Dodson will reiterate the principles and best practices of critical reflection in portfolios.