Perspectives

University College now part of College of Liberal Arts

The University College and its faculty, staff, and programs have moved into the College of Liberal Arts. The transition to the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) provides students with expanded academic programs, faculty, and support services.

"We are excited about this opportunity and the many new faculty, staff, students, and programs that will further enrich our already strong college," said CLA Dean Joseph Aistrup. 

The transition will not affect the day-to-day programs and resources currently offered in the College of Liberal Arts or to students in the Department of Aviation, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Exploratory Advising Center, or the academic minors overseen by the University College. As a unit of the College of Liberal Arts, the University College will continue to foster interdisciplinary and cross-college academic programs, offering students a collegiate home that opens to them academic pathways that span the social and natural sciences, arts, and humanities. 

Students will also benefit from increased resources and opportunities within CLA, including professional organizations, co-curricular activities, student governance representation, and additional career preparation programs specific to students’ majors. Future faculty will benefit from college-wide resources that support their professional advancement in the areas of scholarship, creative work, and teaching. The University College staff will also benefit from increased professional resources available through CLA, including shared services in HR.

An important part of Auburn’s mission is to provide students with a high-quality academic experience supported by distinguished faculty who are leaders in their fields of study. Under CLA, the University College will have the opportunity to grow its faculty by providing opportunities to hire tenure-line faculty, resulting in increased programming to support the growth in enrollment. This is especially important for the Department of Aviation, a unit that continues to experience an increased student and faculty demand. 

For more information about the transition, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

 

Last Updated: May 14, 2018