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[About the University]


Academic Affairs

The provost and vice president for academic affairs directs, coordinates, and facilitates development of the University's academic programs in instruction, research, and public service. The major functions of the provost and vice president for academic affairs include planning--in cooperation with deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff--the development, operation, and improvement of the academic program, including requirements for operating expenses, equipment, staff, and plant; development, for approval by the president, of budgets for the academic divisions, academic support areas, and special units; coordination of all instructional and degree-granting activities in undergraduate, graduate, and professional disciplines and eds; l approval for the president, or in concert with the president, of appointments, promotions, tenure, sabbaticals, and terms of employment of faculty and staff within all academic units; and review and approval of consulting contracts or other outside employment of faculty as well as faculty leaves and faculty exchanges.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs coordinates the research and public service programs of the University. These responsibilities involve planning and promoting research and service activities that complement and contribute to the other activities and missions of the University. The provost encourages and supports research through liaison with appropriate funding agencies and maintains and expands contacts with individuals and organizations for whom the University can provide appropriate public service.

Staff officers, designated as associate vice presidents or assistant vice presidents, assist the provost and vice president for academic affairs with planning, budgets, personnel matters, interdisciplinary programs, new program development, program evaluation, and supervision of support functions.

The Academic Affairs division includes the following areas, which report to the provost and vice president for academic affairs: University Libraries, Office of Information Technology, Telecommunication Department, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, the Office of Academic Records and University Registrar, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Capstone International Center, Testing and Data Management Services, and Continuous Quality Improvement.

Financial Affairs

The vice president for financial affairs and treasurer is the primary financial officer of the University and is fiscal advisor to the president. The vice president supervises and is assisted by an associate vice president for finance, a director of facilities operations and maintenance, an associate vice president for human resources, a director of auxiliary and support services, and a director of public safety.


The vice president for research is responsible for coordinating the research enterprise of the university including grants and contract management, research policy and compliance, technology transfer, and development of new research initiatives. The vice president supervises and is assisted by an assistant vice president for research, the director of the Office for Sponsored Programs, and the executive director of the Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence.

Student Affairs

The vice president for student affairs is responsible for coordinating services for students and providing leadership in the development of programs that enhance the academic experience of student life.

The Student Affairs division consists of the following major areas:

For additional information about programs and services offered by the Student Affairs division, see "Support Programs and Services for Students," p. 34.

University Advancement

The Office of University Advancement promotes and develops support for The University of Alabama. Its four divisions--Advancement Services, Alumni Affairs, Development, and Special Services--report to the vice president for University Advancement, who is responsible for setting the direction of and coordinating their efforts. The two main functions of the office are constituency relations and fundraising. While each of the four divisions has primary responsibility for one area, each area's work reinforces and is reinforced by the others.

Advancement Services, Development, and Special Services identify and solicit financial support for the University from individuals, foundations, corporations, support groups, and private businesses. In support of these efforts, they provide memoranda of agreement between the University and private donors of restricted gifts of all types, and draft resolutions for The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama that recognize endowments and other significant contributions.

Alumni Affairs represents the more than 175,000 living University alumni worldwide through 113 alumni chapters. The office works to channel the time, energy, and financial resources of alumni and friends into support of the University.

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