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Academic Affairs Division

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.

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. These are Academic Resources; EOP/Educational Opportunity Program; Faculty Affairs; Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs; Institutional Research and Planning; 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, CSUN at Channel Islands, CELT/Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, PACE/Program for Adult College Education, the Center for Community Service Learning, University Assessment, the University Honors Program, and the University Catalog.

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Academic Resources and Planning

The Office of Academic Resources and Planning provides support for the comprehensive resource needs of Academic Affairs. Department personnel assist with the development and management of annual budgets, administrative and fiscal policies and procedures, and enrollment planning. The department 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.


Our nine colleges offer 60 baccalaureate degrees, 41 master's degrees, 28 credentials in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs.

Educational Opportunity Program - Central Administration

The 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

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.

Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs

The Graduate Studies division encompasses Graduate Evaluation Services and the Graduate Studies Committee. This division 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. The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects is dedicated to promoting research by assisting faculty and staff in obtaining external research and creative activity support. The mission of International Programs is to assist the University community in integrating an international dimension in all of its academic endeavors.

Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning 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. IR 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 department also supports academic facilities by coordinating the scheduling of classroom usage with the colleges.

Undergraduate Studies

The Office of 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.

University Library

The University Library provides a wide range of services to help members of our campus community. The Library houses approximately 1.3 million books and periodical volumes, more than 3.1 million microforms, thousands of videos and sound recordings, and subscribes to over 16,000 electronic and print journals and newspapers, as well as a wide variety of electronic databases. We also provide information literacy classes to thousands of our students each year to help them find, evaluate, and use information. Reading, study areas and computers are located throughout. Less frequently used volumes, including most microforms and pre-1990 periodicals, are stored in the Library's Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) and are retrievable in approximately 10 minutes. Library hours vary by time of year and are available from the Information Desk in the main lobby, are posted at the entrance, or are available online. Go to the Library's website at http://library.csun.edu for additional Library information and resources.