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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)