The mission of the staff in the office of Academic Affairs is to enrich the learning environments of the undergraduate programs at Penn State Schuylkill.
They support instruction by assisting professors and instructors in their efforts to design courses and curricula that encourage meaningful, long-term learning, and they create programs and opportunities to support learning and engaged scholarship activities outside of class.
The office of Academic Affairs is responsible for:
- orientation program for all new faculty
- promotion and tenure
- faculty hiring and development
- academic programming
The following departments report to the director of Academic Affairs:
Optional Alternative Grading enacted for fall 2020
Alternative grading, first implemented in spring 2020, will also be implemented for the fall 2020 semester to serve as a safety net for undergraduate students who encounter significant challenges that impede their academic goals due to circumstances beyond their control. LionPATH allows undergraduate students to select which standard grades (those that carry grade points) they wish to replace with alternative grades. For undergraduate students who earned D’s or F’s in their courses, the alternative grades protect them from having their Penn State GPA negatively impacted. For those who earned grades of C or better, the selection of SAT (Satisfactory) grades will keep the detail of these grades from appearing on their transcripts and remove them from their GPA calculation.