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Office for the Academic Experience

Mission Statement

The Office for the Academic Experience provides students with educationally purposeful opportunities that lead to deep learning, integrated social and intellectual development, and engagement with local and global communities.


  1. To promote student engagement in transformative learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.
  2. To assure student success in ways that challenge all students to overcome obstacles in order to do their best work.

Departments that report directly to the Associate Vice President for the Academic Experience, Lynne E. Ford, include:


Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Auwaerter, Director of Orientation
Posted on 17 June 2019 | 12:27 pm
Stephanie Auwaerter was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Staff Member Presidential Service Award.  She was presented with this prestigious award at the Annual Staff Celebration lunch in June for her collaborative efforts, engagement, and contributions throughout the campus community. As the Director of Orientation in the Office of New Student Programs, Stephanie is responsible […]
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Spring Cougar Countdown
Posted on 20 April 2019 | 12:33 pm
From cookouts to coffee and tutoring to yoga, Cougar Countdown organized by the Center for Student Learning offers something to help everyone feel calm and supported during finals. Read the full article at The CollegeToday
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