What an honor it is to work at and lead this remarkable institution.
We offer an outstanding educational experience with the facilities, faculty, staff, and student services to support you in not only defining your academic goals, but also achieving them to your fullest potential. As we often say, “Titans Reach Higher,” and this catalog is replete with evidence that the courses we offer are both grounded in academic excellence, and uniquely designed to elevate your aspirations beyond what you thought possible. We are proud that our University community reflects the changing face of the nation, and I am confident our unique diversity will enrich your learning experience, prepare you to succeed in a global society, and empower you to “reach higher” in all that you do.
Our eight colleges offer 109 high-caliber degree programs, including 54 master’s degrees and two doctorates. With full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, many of our degree programs are further distinguished by national accreditations and associations, accomplished alumni, and award-winning faculty who take a personal interest in their students’ success. To that end, we hope you participate in what we like to call “HIPs” (High-Impact Practices), which are curricular and co-curricular experiences designed to engage you in your studies through active, collaborative, and experiential learning - both in and out of the classroom. In other words, seek out ways to join a research project, compete in a student competition, study abroad, perform community service, land an internship, and much more.
Remember, this is your University experience, and we are here to assist you to “reach higher” in every way possible. With this in mind, I encourage you to determine your graduation date, write it down on a piece of paper, and place it prominently where you see it every day - then let us know how we can support you in reaching that date with your newly conferred degree in hand!
I look forward to seeing you around campus!