qwe Mission Statement for the Office of the Provost - Loyola University New Orleans

Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is central to the mission and character of Loyola University New Orleans. The division’s activities demonstrate its primary commitment to student learning and success. The faculty, staff, and administrators in the Division of Academic Affairs exhibit collaborative institutional leadership by working with one another to bring their collective wisdom to bear on institutional challenges, to establish institutional priorities, and to realize the strategic institutional goal of becoming a preeminent and leading comprehensive university in the nation, as measured by the quality of its faculty and staff, the strength of its curricula, the effectiveness of its support services, and the excellence of its graduates. In pursuit of this goal, the Division of Academic Affairs fosters a rigorous, critical education that is dedicated in the Ignatian tradition to truth, service, and justice.

Libraries and Support Departments

J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library | College of Law Library | Community Engaged Learning, Teaching, & Scholarship | Grants & Research | Information Technology | Institutional Effectiveness | Institutional Research | Student Records | University Honors Program

J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library

The library is a center for enhancing skills that are necessary for success in college and in life-long learning. Students build information literacy and critical thinking skills throughout their careers at Loyola through the collaborative efforts of their professors and the library faculty and staff.

The library building is a technologically-advanced, inviting and welcoming place for the entire Loyola community. Everything the library has to offer, its building, collections, services, faculty, and staff, is recognized as a key component in recruiting and retaining students.

The library is user-centered, always seeking to understand the needs of its primary clients, the students and faculty, and making decisions based on those needs. The library is the campus center for instruction in the use of technology in teaching and research.

The library values the contributions and excellence of its faculty, staff, and student workers. The library is a learning organization, characterized by people who are continuously developing new skills and greater expertise.

Work in the library is marked by collaboration: among students, among students and faculty, and among faculty. Library faculty and staff work together and in partnership with people and organizations outside the library. The collaborative relationships formed by library faculty and staff benefit the whole university.

The library strives to be a model of what academic libraries are and will become. The library, as an organization, encourages creative thinking and actively seeks to serve as a test bed for new ways of delivering information and new methods of teaching and learning. As a result, the library provides the highest quality learning tools and information content to enhance the educational experience for faculty and students.

College of Law Library

The mission of the Loyola University College of Law Library is to meet both the curricular and research informational needs of the School’s faculty and students. The Law Library achieves this mission through development of a carefully selected collection of traditional and electronic resources and a proactive program of efficiently and effectively delivering access to these collections.

In support of Loyola University New Orleans’ goal to promote “excellence in liberal and professional education” for a culturally and educationally diverse student body, the Academic Resource Center is committed to providing a comprehensive academic support system for undergraduate students from the colleges Business, Humanities and Natural Sciences, Music and Fine Arts, and Social Sciences. Disability Services supports this goal by providing special services for undergraduates with disabilities in all four colleges and for law students and graduate students with disabilities from the other colleges

Community Engaged Learning, Teaching, & Scholarship

The mission of OCELTS is to help Loyola embody the Jesuit vision of a university with and for local and global communities.
We do this by:

1) Implementing and recognizing community engaged teaching, learning, and scholarly initiatives that are distinctly well-organized, high-quality, and social justice-oriented;

2) Advocating for policies and infrastructure that empower and inspire Loyola constituencies to prioritize and undertake meaningful community engagement activities in a spirit of partnership and reciprocity;

3) Facilitating a culture of accountability and impact where objectives are measurable, data drives decision making, planning and assessment loops are closed, and transparency is the norm.

The vision of OCELTS is that all Loyola students, faculty and staff will have the skills and willingness to navigate the complex path to a more just world, including an advanced understanding of social justice and the opportunity and commitment to contribute to social justice in their personal and professional lives. We envision a university which, through a strong network of sustainable, focused partnerships, makes a positive impact on the world through service, awareness, advocacy and systemic change. In this vision, Loyola is distinguished as an anchor institution “with and for” its communities.

Grants & Research

The Office of Grants and Research seeks to develop programs and research advancing the reputation and status of Loyola New Orleans and benefiting the students, faculty, and staff of the university and the larger community. The Office provides information, training, technical assistance and acts as a liaison between university administrators and faculty and staff who seek grant funding. Grants awarded have supported: faculty research, student research, community service projects, service learning projects, instructional and curriculum development, equipment, and infrastructure.

In addition, the Office of Grants and Research administers: compliance issues inherent in government grant programs, faculty sabbaticals and leaves, faculty research grants awarded by the University Committee on Grants and Leaves, faculty grants awarded by the Course Development/Faculty Development Committee, a grants training program, a grants library and electronic information systems related to grants opportunities, and liaison with government agencies and sponsoring organizations.

Information Technology

The mission of Information Technology is to leverage technology and add value to the educational experience at Loyola. IT will provide current technology, prompt service, and a robust network to allow the fair, accurate and free interchange of educational content, information and ideas throughout the Loyola community and the world.

InstituTional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment evaluates student learning and student perceptions through surveys of graduating seniors and alumni and coordinates Loyola reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

In addition, this office assists the university-wide planning and budgeting activities by providing assessment and analytical support. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment also coordinates the preparation of the President's Annual Report to the corporation.

InstituTional Research

Institutional research is research conducted within an institution of higher education in order to provide information which supports planning, policy formation, and decision making (Saupe 1981).

The essential mission of the Office of Institutional Research (IR) is to provide a broad foundation of information and analytical support for use in university planning, assessment and administrative activities that assists the university in accomplishing its mission. OIR assumes primary responsibility for analyzing, interpreting and in some cases collecting data about student populations and faculty census data; transforming and interpreting data into usable information, providing summary reports to inform campus decision-making, planning and assessment. In addition, institutional research is carried on in every division, college, and department of the university. IR also provides assistance and guidance to others involved in the institutional effectiveness and institutional research responsibilities in order to improve these functions.

Student Records

The Office of Student Records is a central administrative office of the University for all academic processes and policies providing an important link between the institution and the student. The Office of Student Records’ responsibility is to create, maintain, verify, issue and protect each student’s record. To accomplish this, the Office of Student Records maintains a state-of-the-art academic records system, which is the basis of the university’s budget, executive management, and enrollment studies. Technology is employed to improve service to students, faculty and alumni without sacrificing personalized attention and the security of records.

The Office of Student Records places service to students, faculty, administrators and staff first among its priorities. Personalized attention and a commitment to effective and efficient service are important values in the administration of the Office of Student Records. The Office of Student Records is the only “records” office authorized to issue academic transcripts and diplomas. Other services provided include: conducting system training for new faculty and staff; providing support for colleges in setting up their term course offerings; assisting the colleges and students with registration; grade reporting; scheduling classes into the space available in the general classroom pool; continually verifying the accuracy of all system data; verifying student enrollment status; creating and disseminating standard and specialized reports to the colleges and departments for planning and decision-making purposes; reviewing, analyzing and suggesting revisions to current policies and processes or addition of new ones where appropriate; and assisting the Office of University Relations with commencement.

The Office of Student Records pledges to be an exemplary model of service and performance of duty treating all members of the University community with respect and dignity. The highest quality of service is sought through our staff in accordance with the core values articulated in the mission statement of the University.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program intends to develop in students a respect for truth, the critical intelligence to seek it, and the skills to express their learning.  The UHP provides students with an integrated approach to the liberal arts and a selective, continuous and cumulative content.  Furthermore, since academic excellence stands in the service of the full development of students as moral agents, the Honors curriculum must also be concerned with values.  It has as its goals wisdom, rather than technical proficiency, and the fostering of a just social order.  These aims reflect the traditional Jesuit concern for philosophical thinking, faith, and action in the service of justice.  Honors faculty and students will seek to shape the wisdom of the learned tradition to the needs of a new day.

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