Academic Affairs

Ashland University aspires to a goal of academic excellence. The Graduate School sets this standard for intellectual excellence, which encompasses all considerations concerning faculty, students, curriculum and research direction. The Graduate School establishes, through the faculty, policies that define good practice in graduate programs, high quality in curriculum, excellence in student selection and rigor in faculty appointments. The Graduate School is responsible for all aspects of graduate education and defines the minimum standards acceptable for post-baccalaureate work. By establishing minimum admission, credit hour, grade point and completion requirements, the Graduate School ensures equity in the standards for all master’s and doctoral degrees. The graduate dean represents the interests of the University as a whole and views departments from an institution-wide perspective. The dean articulates this vision for all post-baccalaureate endeavors.
Mission and Purposes of the Graduate School

The Graduate School exists to promote the development of a graduate culture at Ashland University. This encompasses the following purposes:

1. The Graduate School sets the standard for academic excellence for faculty, students, curriculum and institutional research by establishing policies that define good practice in graduate programs.

2. The Graduate School serves as an advocate for a diverse population of graduate students and for graduate programs.

3. The Graduate School promotes academic collaboration between graduate students and faculty, ensuring that faculty are fulfilling their roles as academic and professional mentors.

4. The Graduate School reinforces the importance of research, inquiry and creative endeavor.

5. The Graduate School promotes Ashland University as a year round comprehensive institution.

Student Learning Outcomes

There are four key elements referenced in the Ashland University Mission Statement. These elements serve as focal points for the entire university community in developing, observing and measuring mission-based student learning outcomes. The following descriptions are offered to provide a set of common understandings for graduate study.

1. Intellectual Development and Wisdom

Intellectual development, at the advanced level of study, comprises the information and knowledge that students gain during their graduate courses and programs of study. They will continue to improve and strengthen their critical thinking skills and their ability to analyze information. They will refine their ability to develop questions and find appropriate information gathering and research skills. Wisdom as evidenced by insight, discernment and good judgment comes from the students' maturing lives and added experiences as well as advanced study.

2. Ethical Behavior and Justice

As our students develop ethically, they acquire an understanding of what is right and moral and learn how to put into action both the general and specific principles, values and codes that may serve to guide and influence their conduct in life and work. Development of ethical values will enable students to live their lives in such a way that they will seek justice and behave honorably and fairly to others.

3. Preparation for Living and Working Citizens

Students entering a graduate program at Ashland University will enhance their status as a productive citizen and develop the ability to fully achieve their career potential by pursuing a rigorous course of study in their field and sharing the career knowledge and experience of faculty and fellow students. By integrating theory and research with practical application, graduate study will enable each student to further improve the specialized knowledge and skills required for their chosen profession.

4. Global Responsibilities

An active awareness of global responsibilities comes from understanding one's role in what is increasingly a global economy. Whether by traveling to other countries, studying cultures outside of our own or experiencing the diverse cultures and peoples within our own borders, competence in fulfilling these global responsibilities comes as our graduate students examine other cultures through personal interactions and well as through formal study.

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