Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Quality Assurance (SVP-AQA) serves as UMKC's Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Liaison Officer, leading the university in the work of academic quality assurance and continuous improvement, and supporting academic units in the work of sustaining specialized accreditations. The SVP-AQA serves as the Provost's designee and representative to ensure that regular academic operations across the university and all academic units are in adherence to all appropriate regulations and standards of federal and state agencies, University of Missouri System, the Higher Learning Commission and specialized accreditors. The SVP-AQA oversees the functions in academic affairs associated with academic innovation and academic quality assurance, and coordinates information systems, governance structures, policies, data and communications across the university to support the academic enterprise and to ensure its continuous quality improvement. The SVP-AQA leads the processes of analysis, design, development and implementation of new academic programs, the monitoring of student outcomes assessment and academic program review. Working with academic unit leaders, the SVP-AQA oversees university-wide foundational curricular experiences, interdisciplinary and experimental programs (such as General Education, University College, Math Pathways, etc.). In collaboration with academic leaders (Academic Deans, Dean of Students, Vice Provosts and Vice Chancellors), the SVP-AQA ensures the university provides an exceptional and engaging educational experience for students, an exceptional teaching and research experience for faculty, and an empowering professional experience for staff, and success in achieving metrics of UMKC's strategic plan in alignment with peer public urban research institutions. The SVP-AQA is an integral part of the Provost's senior leadership team and must work effectively across academic and administrative units of the university to accomplish stated goals and objectives.
The SVP-AQA leads the following academic programs, services and academic support units:
Accreditation Support, Academic Policy, Assessment of Student Learning, Academic Program Review, Academic Innovation (Academic Program Development and Academic Program Support, involving shared oversight with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs of Instructional Design and Technology Services), Academic Infrastructure (Catalogue, Courseleaf, Degree Audit, Map My Degree, Transfer and articulation agreements, Course scheduling, Academic data analytics, etc.), General Education, University College (with Student Mentoring Program), Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, Interdisciplinary Programs, and University Work Study Program (PRO Roo).
The SVP-AQA chairs, participates or sits ex-officio in the following councils and committees:
UMKC HLC Accreditation Executive Committee (chair), UMKC Academic Policy Council (co-chair), UMKC Academic Council (member), UMKC Academic Strategy Team (member), UMKC Academic Innovation Council (ex-officio), UMKC Data Governance Council (ex-officio), UMKC Strategic Enrollment Management Council (ex-officio), UMKC Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (ex-officio), UMKC General Education Council (ex-officio), UMKC Assessment Council (ex-officio), UMKC CARE Team (member), UMKC Strategic Plan Pillar 5 committee (member) and other Pillar committees as appropriate, UMKC RIM Team (Provost delegate), UMKC Mental Wellness Task Force (member), University of Missouri Academic Officers (member), University of Missouri System eLearning Governance (Provost delegate), Missouri Statewide Chief Academic Officers (Provost delegate), Grad Force KC (Provost delegate), APLU Powered by Publics (Provost delegate).
Working with the Provost and academic leaders across the university, ensure UMKC is compliant to all appropriate regulations and standards, and continuously improving the quality of academic programs and services.
Lead the development of new academic programs and academic innovation to ensure a highly engaging student experience and high quality curriculum and instruction.
Lead the ongoing work of ensuring academic programs promote and encourage student persistence and success (General Education, University College, Undergraduate Research, Writing Center, etc).
Lead the ongoing work of ensuring academic infrastructure and services promote and encourage student persistence and success (degree audit, degree mapping, course scheduling, transfer and articulation agreements, etc).
Create, revise, implement, and assess student learning outcomes and monitor academic programs.
Report outcomes of academic programs and services related to the University's goals as outlined in the university's 2018-2028 Strategic Plan within the portfolio assigned.
Lead Deans, Chairs and Directors, Vice Provosts and direct reports in implementation of initiatives to ensure the academic infrastructure is student-centered, integrated into the work of faculty and academic leaders, and undergoes continuous quality improvement.
Remain current regarding research, national trends, and best practices related to the work associated with academic innovation and academic assurance.
Use data analytics to assess the delivery of programs and services to support quality program delivery and ensure efficient use of institutional resources.
Work with colleagues to interpret data analytics in planning and decision making that influence the student experience and student success.
Build and maintain strong relationships with faculty and staff to ensure academic program quality that promote student success.
Provide unit leadership in the hiring, development and evaluation of all staff reporting to this position in work to provide a culture of care for students and colleagues.
Commit to UMKC's stated campus values and institutional mission.
Other duties as assigned.
Earned Doctorate or terminal degree in an academic discipline
Successful College/University teaching experience
At least 5 years of demonstrated success in leading programs and initiatives at the College/University level
Successful leadership and management experience in higher education
Understanding of higher education culture, practice, policies and regulations
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders
Ability to be visionary and contribute to the successful attainment of strategic priorities
A Master's degree in a relevant area and 10 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired OR a Bachelor's degree in a relevant area and 12 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.
Terminal degree and educational experience appropriate for tenure at UMKC
At least 10 years of demonstrated successful leadership at the College/University level
Demonstrated experience leading University accreditation work
Prior experience as an accreditation liaison officer or a peer reviewer
Demonstrated leadership in leading and implementing university wide initiatives to support student
achievement and success
Demonstrated successful experience utilizing data analytics to improve academic programs and services
Demonstrated successful experience using data tools to identify new academic programs and moving through successful implementation in collaboration with academic units
Full Time/Part Time
Full-Time, benefit eligible
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