Associate Vice Provost for University College and Student Success

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7071731 (Ref.No. BSU22931)
Posted: November 3, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Under the direction of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and through collaborative relationships across campus, the AVP for University College will develop and execute a vision, mission, and strategic plan for Ball State’s student academic success services, including Academic Advising, the Learning Center, Student Athlete Support Services, and the First Year Experience.
Reporting to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice Provost (AVP) for University College and Student Success is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing a comprehensive vision of student academic success, persistence, and retention, based on academic transformation, community-building, and growth, that is aligned with the University’s strategic plan. The AVP serves as the Vice Provost’s lead administrator for all matters related to student academic success services and manages the following departments: Academic Advising, the Learning Center, Student Athlete Support Services, and the First Year Experience. Working conjunctively with these departments, the AVP will seek continuous improvement for student success at BSU, with special attention to students who are currently at risk, on academic probation, traditionally underserved by the University system, or returning to the institution.

The AVP proactively collaborates and partners with a network of relationships across campus to effectively support student academic success, provide a comprehensive structure of support services, and foster a culture of self-confidence and community in the student body. Additionally, the AVP leads a holistic, proactive professional advising system that functions across the student life cycle and recommends resources and solutions to academic challenges and barriers; creates, implements, and assesses a robust and comprehensive first year experience and University College curriculum that supports student engagement and community building; advocates for, supports, and intervenes as appropriate for student athletes to assist in addressing academic challenges and barriers; and promotes data-driven academic success services and programs in the Learning Center, including supplemental instruction, peer tutoring, academic workshops, and academic coaching. The AVP remains current on trends and best practices in all areas related to student success; works closely with other members of the Vice Provost for academic affairs’ team to establish clear, measurable goals focused on the student life cycle; creates annual progress reports and program evaluations; manages the departmental budgets under the leadership of the Vice Provost; and provides guidance and support for the development and maintenance of the University Core Curriculum, serving as the ex officio representative to the University Core Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Education Committee. The AVP comprehensively oversees a staff of 84, including 6 direct reports, 55 additional professional staff, 8 administrative staff, and 15 graduate students.

Job Function:

Under the direction of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and through collaborative relationships across campus, the AVP for University College will develop and execute a vision, mission, and strategic plan for Ball State’s student academic success services, including Academic Advising, the Learning Center, Student Athlete Support Services, and the First Year Experience.

Minimum Education:

Terminal degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education.

Minimum Experience:

Five years of progressive experience working with college students in an administrative capacity.

Preferred Experience:

Experience with innovative, engaging student
success and retention initiatives in a higher education setting.

Solid knowledge of trends in higher education as they relate to student success, retention and support.

The ability to effectively present and advocate data-driven decisions based on best practices.

A record of teaching, research, and professional accomplishments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with and under the guidance of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, develop, implement, and assess a comprehensive vision of student academic success, persistence, and retention based on academic transformation, community-building, and growth that is aligned with the University’s strategic plan. Serve as the Vice Provost’s primary support person for all matters related to student academic success services.
  • In consultation with the Directors of University College, work toward continuous improvement of student success, with special attention to students who are currently at risk, on academic probation, traditionally underserved by the University system, or returning to the University. Keep current on trends and best practices in advising, retention, student development, and student success.
  • In collaboration with other campus stakeholders, provide leadership for a holistic, proactive professional advising system that functions across the student life cycle. Support, intervene, advocate, and recommend resources and solutions to academic challenges and barriers. Provide leadership for exploratory studies programs.
  • Support data-driven academic success services programs in the Learning Center, including Supplemental Instruction, peer tutoring, academic workshops, and Academic Coaching. Develop new programs as needed in consultation with the Learning Center Director.
  • Support Student Athlete Support Services and student athletes in collaboration with the Executive Director and Intercollegiate Athletics; remain up to date with the trends within Intercollegiate Athletics and the rules and regulations that govern the office and student athletes; advocate, support and intervene to assist in addressing academic challenges and barriers for student athletes on campus.
  • Provide guidance and support for the development and maintenance of the University Core Curriculum; serve as the ex officio representative to the University Core Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Education Committee; stay current on trends in general education.
  • Utilize a network of relationships across campus to effectively support student academic success and foster a culture of self-confidence and community. Work collaboratively and proactively with other offices such as Student Life, the Career Center, and Inclusive Excellence to provide a comprehensive structure of support services for our students that will empower them during their college years and help prepare them for their future careers.
  • Create annual progress reports and program evaluations in collaboration with the UC units. Manage the monthly budgets and create the annual budget of University College under the supervision of the VPAA Office and in alignment with the University’s strategic initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs’ team to establish clear, measurable goals focused on the student life cycle for each academic year and semester; delineate responsibilities within the unit for reaching these goals. Report as required on the strategic plan initiatives and the unit action plan.
  • In consultation with other stakeholders, create, implement, and assess a robust and comprehensive first year experience that supports student engagement and community building; oversee all University College curriculum including the range of First Year Seminars and the Bachelor’s of General Studies program.
  • Assign and review work and delegate responsibilities within University College; oversee all matters related to supervision, interviewing and hiring, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, training, and career development of Direct Reports and personnel.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.



 

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