Jacksonville State University is a student-centered institution that… " strives to balance academic challenges with a range of support services for student's academic, career, and personal goals." (JSU Mission Statement, October 15, 2001). It is in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs that this component of the university's mission statement is most prominent. Through our four academic colleges; offices such as academic affairs, graduate studies, international house and programs, distance education, and tutoring; off-campus programs and sites; student affairs and enrollment management; academic center for excellence; university library, and more, this division delivers academic programs and services that prepare students to be productive, responsible citizens and effective leaders.
Research shows that we offer more accredited academic programs than any other regional university in Alabama. Soon we will add two more programs to that list, bringing our total to 42 and moving us closer to our goal to achieve accreditations for all programs in which accreditations are possible. In addition to high-quality academic programs, we also pledge to have only qualified faculty teaching our courses, where class size is kept manageable and faculty can get to know each student. With high-quality academic programs and well-qualified faculty in the classroom, it is easy to see why JSU graduates are desired by employers looking for qualified, hard-working employees.
An exciting area in academic affairs is Distance Education, an important method of delivering academic courses and programs at JSU. The number of students enrolled in distance education courses continues to rise, along with the number of programs offered in this accessible format. Popular, convenient, and effective are words that describe our distance education program. By using the latest technology and having expert staff to assist faculty and students who use the distance education technology, JSU demonstrates its commitment to contemporary, state-of-the-art academic instruction, which gives our students and graduates a competitive edge.
JSU's Division of Academic and Student Affairs is always looking to "push the envelope," to set itself apart creatively and constructively through excellence in higher-education innovation - from its highly-successful accelerated / dual-enrollment program that brings college into the high school classroom, to its record-setting number of Fulbright scholars working internationally to connect Northeast Alabama to the wider world.
We invite you to join us as students, faculty and staff, past, present or future, in celebrating over 125 years of distinctive history, and a bright future in service to academics and student services. Let us continue to learn, grow and flourish together!
Dr. Rebecca O. Turner, DSW
Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
JSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.