Mission of the Office of Graduate Studies within the Division of Academic Affairs To provide resources, services, and leadership that support and guide the graduate
academic programs across the University.
Vision of the Office of Graduate Studies for Graduate Programs To be a powerful advocate for advancing graduate programs that prepare ethical and
globally minded professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be
leaders in their field and to make significant contributions in their chosen disciplines.
Guiding Principles Advance a culture of academic excellence that supports graduate programs in their
initiatives to: • Develop graduate students’ ability to think critically about and generate creative
solutions to problems specific to their fields of study • Develop graduate students’ capacity to engage in an ongoing process of self-guided
learning and discovery in their chosen fields • Promote innovative and transformative education practices that foster:
• A passion for lifelong learning, personal growth, and professional development • The generation and application of new knowledge and scholarly innovations • Interdisciplinary learning and value added collaboration within diverse and multicultural
communities • Professional responsibility for advocating for the needs of local, regional, and