One of the main challenges facing any university is aligning institutional resources with the academic needs of the institution and the region that it serves. AUB currently offers approximately 120 degree programs leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and MD degrees – 20% more than it did five years ago. The provost cooperates closely with the academic deans of the University’s six faculties/schools to strengthen and develop departments, the faculty members appointed to them, and the programs that they offer to undergraduate and graduate students.
AUB is firmly committed to the liberal education approach to undergraduate studies. We prepare students for professional careers in specific disciplines. At the same time, we broaden their perspectives on the world and teach them to think critically and analytically, to express their thoughts clearly and convincingly, and to participate actively in civic initiatives. All of our undergraduates are required to take 11-12 courses to develop their communications skills and to familiarize themselves with the basic intellectual approaches in four major disciplinary fields of learning. Students can choose from hundreds of courses to meet the revised General Education requirement.
We are always looking for new opportunities to improve our graduate programs and the experience of graduate students at the University. In the last few years, AUB has made significant progress in streamlining processes that regulate the steps students take from registration to graduation, including the establishment of the Graduate Council. The Provost’s Office is also working to facilitate collaborations across faculty/school boundaries as more interdisciplinary graduate programs and research foci emerge at AUB. The aspiration to expand research and graduate education beyond traditional faculty or departmental boundaries is universal, and has led to the creation of new policies and resources to promote and support interfaculty collaboration, such as the Division of University Interdisciplinary Programs.