The Office of the Provost and Office for Academic Affairs provides administrative oversight for the schools, colleges, and academic support resources of Morgan State University.
In 2007, Morgan State University was classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral research institution. This classification was based on the fact that the university graduated a total of 40 doctorates in 2006, 36 in 2007 and 40 in 2008. As a doctoral research institution, Morgan State University assists the nation in preparing scholars, scientists and engineers to conduct research and development for industry, government, and universities and to develop scholars in all disciplines who can become the faculty members of the nation's colleges and universities. Our responsibility is also to educate members of the nation's colleges and universities; to educate scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts who can preserve and enlarge our understanding of human thought and the human condition. As a doctoral research institution, the Office of the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs is committed to the mission of the University by administering an outstanding array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a broad range of liberal arts and professional fields from the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, the School of Business Management, the School of Education and Urban Studies, the School of Engineering, the School of Community Health and Policy, and the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Graduate Studies. In addition to receiving its' 10-year renewal of accreditation by Middle States for degrees through the doctoral level, Morgan has also achieved the highest level of accreditation in degree programs that offer specialized accreditation.
The University has a cadre of talented teachers/scholars who are dedicated to helping our students many of whom matriculate with a wide range of prior academic preparation and a diverse set of needs and interests. Whether in the classroom, the laboratory, the studio, out in the field, or in their offices, these faculty members strive to provide innovative and challenging instruction to our students. Concomitantly, these faculty members remain active in their professions, performing research, scholarly and creative work, and participating in a variety of professional organizations. In addition to the Schools and Colleges, the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs bears responsibility for the Continuing Studies Program, the Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Civil Rights in Higher Education, and the Center for Prevention Sciences, which houses the Center for the Study of Substance Abuse and the Center for Health Disparities Solutions that provide community-based programs which address intervention measures and early detection protocols of chronic diseases in urban communities. The Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs oversees several academic support programs that include the Retention Center, Academic Development Center, Honors Program, Transfer Center, the Academic Recovery Program, Admissions and Recruitment, Records and Registration, the Soper Library, BRAC, The Murphy Fine Arts Center, Sponsored Programs and Research, Research Grants and Contracts, Faculty Professional Development, New Faculty Orientation, Faculty Institute, Talent Search, Promotion and Tenure Issues, SEMMA, Upward Bound, Assessment and Operations, and Distance Education.
Along with the academic deans, directors, and department heads, the Division of Academic Affairs administers existing programs, revises and reviews those programs, and develops new ones, including the development of on-line courses, as well as a number of new initiatives such as the Faculty Mentoring Program; the Foundation of Excellence and the BRAC initiative. Further, as a means of strengthening existing programs, a uniform assessment program has been developed and implemented in all educational offerings.