Undergraduate Education

The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education is to provide pathways and guidance to develop students into informed and engaged scholars capable of achieving excellence in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education is responsible for the coordination of the academic experience of undergraduate students at this University. The Vice Provost works closely with the deans and faculty of the individual schools and colleges and with the Undergraduate Academic Council in developing, coordinating, and implementing undergraduate academic policy and curricula as well as actively promoting undergraduate opportunities in applied learning, such as research and internships. The Vice Provost oversees the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Honors College, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (CURCE), the General Education Program, the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program, the Office of Transfer Student Services, the Student Engagement Initiative, the Center for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success (CARSS), and the Academic Support Center.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education also provides coordination of and advisement for: independent study; student-initiated interdisciplinary majors and minors; interdisciplinary courses; and the NYS Senate and Assembly Internship as well as other University-wide internships. The Office coordinates with the Office of Access and Academic Enrichment, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Registrar's Office, and other University offices to implement changes in academic policies and curricula, and to this end it publishes the Undergraduate Bulletin each year.

The Office provides assistance and counseling to undergraduate students who are contemplating leaving the University, who are seeking to take a Leave for Approved Study at another college or university, or who wish to re-enter the University after having been away for a semester or more. It also coordinates the Degree in Absentia process.

This website for the Office of Undergraduate Education contains details about its affiliated programs and services as well as applications and forms for relevant programs and petitions for exceptions to academic policies.

The Vice Provost is eager to facilitate help for all students who wish to explore academic issues and concerns. Students may contact the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education by visiting Lecture Center 30, by calling (518) 442-3950, or by email to UGEducation@albany.edu.