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About the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University and has responsibility for all of the University's academic functions. The Office oversees all academic programs of study as well as supporting academic and administrative offices.

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What is a University Provost?

The definition of provost is “the chief academic officer of Drexel University” − to put it plainly, a provost has responsibility for the University's academic functions as well as supporting academic and administrative offices. But what does a provost do?

Provosts and Academic Functions

Drexel University has tens of thousands of students spread across more than a dozen schools and colleges. To ensure that everyone is getting the education they deserve, the provost oversees all the academic programs, budgets and is the vision behind academically focused initiatives. These can be strategies for student and faculty retention, creation of advisory groups and various other endeavors to improve the campus and community.

The provost also establishes new colleges and research centers as facets of educational innovation, contemporary research and enrollment support. Recent examples at Drexel include The Center for Functional Fabrics, the WELL Center and the Entrepreneurial Game Studio.

Supporting Academic and Administrative Offices

The provost’s office also functions as an advocate for the faculty at Drexel. It is important to ensure that our staff is making a positive contribution not only to their specific area of research, education or administration, but to the university at large. To this end, the provost recruits for and supports our other offices, acting as an intermediary with the university president and establishing policy that engenders positivity and freedom to function at the highest level for all involved. This can be as specific as hiring initiatives or as large-scope as Drexel’s urban renewal plan, Schuylkill Yards, designed to foster innovation and make West Philadelphia a better place to teach, work and learn.

Difference between a Dean and a Provost

While the meaning of provost has some similar aspects to that of a dean, a provost operates at a higher level, allocating both resources and their attention across the entire university. This runs counter to deans, who are focused on their individual school or college at Drexel and report to the provost.