Engaged Learning, Academic Support, and Public Good Discovery
Academic Affairs helps create relevant and engaging learning and teaching environments for University of Denver students and faculty. Our unit prepares students for public good discovery by providing high-impact, integrative learning experiences that are foundational to the 4D experience. These experiences realize the potential of the liberal arts at DU by challenging students to become critical, creative thinkers. When students work with faculty mentors and academic advisors to curate meaningful experiences across the curriculum and co-curriculum, they are not only successful in academic pursuits but also in their personal thriving and well-being.
We promote access and inclusion to ensure success for all through a student-centered curriculum, holistic advising, and a highly qualified faculty. As a result, DU graduates are prepared to pursue lives of purpose, whether through careers or through pursuing additional courses of study. Our focus on foundational skills, identity development, and collaborative learning prepares students for civic dialogue as well as active participation in democracy. DU graduates know how to analyze complex problems, to think creatively and critically, and to work collaboratively and inclusively to achieve common goals. By providing mentored opportunities for students to engage in high-impact and signature work, academic affairs contributes not just to retention and graduation, but more importantly to student thriving at DU.
What We Do
Curriculum, Academic Policies & Exceptions
Click below to explore information regarding university policies and procedures such as academic expectations, medical leaves of absence, and tuition appeals. If you need to seek a resolution to a policy, practice, or behavior that you found unfair, you can begin here.
Support for Student Success aligns opportunities for both students and faculty to develop essential skills for thriving at DU. Support for Student Success can connect you with a wide variety of resources across all Academic Affairs departments and beyond.
Academic Advising is a crucial part of every student's experience at the University of Denver. Academic Advisors and faculty mentors can help you connect your educational experiences, develop your personal and professional narrative, and understand your graduation requirements to ensure you're always on track.
What Does the ‘Public Good’ mean at DU?
Public good work begins with collaboration on critical problems allowing students, faculty, and staff to advance equity and inclusion through community-engaged work. Learning to collaborate through university-community partnerships prepares students for bridge-building across differences, collaborative decision-making, and just sustainability practices. In sum, through high-impact experiences, students build the knowledge, skills, and values needed for public good discovery in a way that is holistic, embedded, and connected.
About Learning Outcomes
Academic Affairs is the steward of your curriculum. We oversee both specific credit requirements as well as broader, university-wide student learning outcomes.
For instance, across their educational experience, all undergraduate students must meet learning outcomes in quantitative reasoning, engagement with human diversity, degree-specific knowledge, and more. These outcomes are designed to provide students with a breadth of knowledge across disciplines and develop interdisciplinary connections.
High Impact Practices Promote Deep Learning
Students learn best when they are engaged with their own education. To this end, it is our responsibility as educators, advisors, and university staff to ensure we provide opportunities for high-impact, integrative learning experiences that are fundamental to the 4D experience. According to research, high-impact learning leads to increased retention, completion, and satisfaction among students.