Academic affairs underwent a reorganization that became effective July 1, 2013. The illustration at the "Functional Concept" link shows institutional effectiveness at the foundation of decision making within academic affairs.
This chart can be interpreted as follows:
Community: The students, employers, and citizens the College serves
Institutional Effectiveness: Assessment determines alignment of curriculum with the needs of the community and students (determined by the 5-year Program Audit of the above-described shared governance policy). Assessment also measures performance of instruction determined by the assessment of student learning.
Departments: Eight departments design and maintain the curriculum to meet the educational needs of the community. Two other departments (library and counseling) provide necessary resources and support to delivering education to the community.
Curriculum Teams: Assessment information is collectively used by the College's Provost and Associate Provost to strategically plan and manage the College's curriculum. The Associate Provost is responsible for charging multidisciplinary curriculum teams with goals which the team executes via collaboration with the operational entities of academic affairs.
Curriculum Deployment: Represents deployment of the curriculum to the community via physical campuses in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York as well as Virtual Learning in the online modality and noncredit offerings by Workforce Development.
Student Success: Various entities of academic affairs which ensure the student's success with the College's curriculum.
The concept functions via a process represented by the small arrows showing how the various academic departments would jointly serve on a team, which then brings to curriculum to the students (represented by the larger horizontal arrows on the chart). Insert "Functional Concept (pdf)" link here.
This functional concept is supported by the roles assigned to the leaders of academic affairs. They are described according to various important functions of each position:
- Communication (both internally and externally)
- Scheduling and staffing of curricular offerings
- Faculty success and evaluation
- Student satisfaction
Role descriptions (pdf)
These roles are organized into a reporting structure as shown on the Organizational Chart.
Organization chart (pdf)
Staff assigned to these positions are shown on academic affairs directory.
For additional details on the functioning of academic affairs, see:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf)
Response to questions from department chairs