Transforming Tomorrow Together

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Academic Excellence

Deliver a premier academic experience characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs.


  • Provide incentives for recognition and retention of high-performing faculty and staff.
  • Increase high-quality faculty accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activity, year over year, as measured by disciplinary standards.
  • Strategically grow new academic programs, especially those at the graduate level.
  • Achieve AACSB accreditation by 2022, CACREP accreditation by 2024, and ABET accreditation by 2026.
  • Actively maintain SACSCOC accreditation.

Task Force Members

  • Dr. Mohamad Abdelrahman, chair | Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs 
  • Antoinette Curl | Executive Director, Academic Advising  
  • Leonard Love | Associate Professor, Department of Management & Marketing 
  • Robin Kapavik | Professor, Department of Educator & Leadership Preparation 
  • Nicole Carr | Assistant Professor of English, College of Arts & Sciences 
  • Sandra (Sandi) DeGrassi | Associate Professor, Department of Management & Marketing