Academic Affairs seeks to foster a culture of academic excellence and support through recruiting, supporting, developing, and retaining excellent faculty and staff who enhance student learning and experience. The office also ensures appropriate policies and governance structures are in place to provide oversight, assessment and accountability of academic programs.
In addition to academic programs, Academic Affairs oversees the following programs and departments:
- Academic Resource Center
- Office of Registrar
- Library Services
- Extended Studies
- Institutional Research
- Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants
Western State Colorado University fulfills its statutory mission by promoting intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities. Western helps its students to develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning for the rest of their lives and strives to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, the liberal arts, and professional programs. The University provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Our programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge, which will serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual. Western’s distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, its high standards of scholarship, and its unique environment in the mountains of western Colorado.