The Division of Academic Affairs is one of the largest units within the University and is under the guidance and leadership of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (the chief academic officer). All matters pertaining to the academic world of students and faculty-- programmatic and procedural -- fall under the Provost's purview. We are especially proud of the strength of our faculty and their commitment to student achievement; their scholarship, research, and publications in diverse undergraduate and graduate disciplines; and their service to the community of the San Fernando Valley.
Welcome to the Division of Academic Affairs
The Division is organized into colleges, with over fifty discipline-related departments, the University Library, academic support units, and central academic administrative offices. The Division also encompasses six central academic administrative offices: Academic Resources and Planning, EOP/Educational Opportunity Program, Faculty Affairs, Research and Graduate Studies, Institutional Research, and Undergraduate Studies.
Additionally, the following are major function and academic support areas within the Division: Admissions and Records, Articulation, Accreditation, Academic Advising, the Learning Resource Center, Research Centers and Institutes, CELT/Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, the Center for Community Service Learning, University Assessment, the University Honors Program, and the University Catalog.
Academic Resources and Planning
Academic Resources and Planning provides support for the comprehensive resource needs of Academic Affairs. The office personnel assist with the development and management of annual budgets, administrative and fiscal policies and procedures, and enrollment planning. The office manages discretionary funds for the division, monitors utilization of instructional equipment and technology funds, and reports on allocations, expenditures, and key fiscal performance indicators for the division.
Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at California State University, Northridge has provided access and retention services to low-income and first-generation college students since its legislated beginnings in 1969. In recent years, EOP has developed K-12 Outreach and Partnership Programs that create pipelines to the community, and transitional Bridge Programs to help facilitate students' adjustment to the university. (Bridge begins with intensive summer programs and continues through the students' first academic year.) Continuing students benefit from services provided in EOP Satellites linked to their academic majors and process-based mentoring developed in collaboration with the EOP Faculty Mentor Program. All services provided by EOP are designed to interest and benefit the increasingly diverse university community.
Faculty Affairs oversees the implementation of faculty personnel policies, including retention, tenure, promotion, and salary advancement. It also coordinates faculty hiring, offers retirement counseling, and investigates faculty grievances. In addition, it offers a variety of orientation programs and development activities for faculty and Department Chairs, including programs housed in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. It works closely with the Faculty Senate's Personnel Policy and Review Committee (PP&R) to maintain manuals on personnel policies and hiring practices, and coordinates training programs with the Center for Equity and Diversity.
Institutional Research provides management information and analytical support to University decision-makers. This information is used in planning and policy decisions and is based on University data such as student enrollment, academic performance, faculty workload, facilities utilization and class schedules. Institutional Research utilizes external sources such as census, demographic, and marketing data in local, regional, and national scopes; both historical and current information is combined to analyze and interpret patterns of past and emerging trends. The office also supports academic facilities by coordinating the scheduling of classroom usage with the colleges.
Research and Graduate Studies
Research and Graduate Studies encompasses Graduate Evaluation Services and the Graduate Studies Committee. This office is responsible for all University policies on student formal programs, and student advisement for incoming students and students in the Interdisciplinary Studies program. It is also responsible for graduate student support programs. Research and Sponsored Projects is dedicated to promoting research by assisting faculty and staff in obtaining external research and creative activity support.
Undergraduate Studies is responsible for undergraduate curriculum and policies at California State University, Northridge. The Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies oversees the activities of Admissions, Records and Articulation, policies regarding Academic Advisement, General Education Honors Program, Learning Resource Center, Online Instruction, PACE Program, Service Learning, Special Majors, University Assessment and the publication of the University catalog.
Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC)
The Valley Performing Arts Center offers a vibrant and diverse performance program to the University community every season, as well as serving as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley. The Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge is known for its commitment to bringing engaging professional performances of the highest caliber to its exceptional venues.