I am delighted to announce that Dr. “Lyn” Stallings has been appointed vice provost for undergraduate studies.
Since 2011, Stallings has served as the interim vice provost for undergraduate studies. During this time, she has enhanced the undergraduate experience through policy and process improvements, the establishment of innovative programs, program revisions, and coordination with the schools, colleges, and units across campus that shape the undergraduate experience.
An invaluable member of the Academic Affairs leadership team, Stallings led the implementation of new Undergraduate Academic Regulations enacted in Fall 2012. Since then, the number of policy exceptions has dramatically decreased. She also fortified the university’s retention efforts with the hire of a university-wide student success and retention manager and application of the MAP-Works early-alert retention platform. Stallings initiated several projects to improve AU’s transfer culture. Most notably, she worked with the offices of Information Technology, the University Registrar, and Admissions, as well as faculty to develop a transfer articulation database to help prospective transfer students receive immediate feedback on how their previously earned academic credit will transfer to AU. Toward the same goal, she has helped position AU as a destination for transfer students by establishing articulation agreements between AU and targeted community colleges.
In addition, she has taken on a variety of initiatives including leading the revision of the University Honors program, overseeing the growth of University College to include the new University College Collaborative, expanding on-campus undergraduate research opportunities, increasing the number of sections of University College, and overseeing the development of three-year bachelor degree programs. Under her tenure, the annual applications to the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program increased from 531 to 862 (62%). Stallings' accomplishments as interim vice provost are many and have prepared her well for continued leadership of undergraduate studies.
As vice provost for undergraduate studies, Stallings will launch the new University Honors Program and continue discussions on how to create and expand the number of special programs for academically talented undergraduates, including academically-based learning communities, which have proven to be critical to the conversion and retention of talented students. She will expand the focus on student retention beyond the first year at AU to each class level with the goal of improving AU’s persistence-to-graduation rate. Stallings will work with campus constituencies to develop effective outreach and intervention initiatives for transfer, veteran, underrepresented minority, Pell-eligible, and first-generation-in-college students. Her upcoming plans also include future implementation of a revised and unique mentorship program for undergraduates and the development of programming that will incorporate undergraduate interdisciplinary research teams.
Please join me in congratulating Vice Provost Stallings on her permanent appointment to the position.