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Academic Affairs

Under the direction of the provost, the Office of Academic Affairs at Cal U comprises three undergraduate colleges and the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The Office of Academic Affairs supports the mission of building the character and careers of individuals by ensuring quality academic programs, classroom technology, student enrichment activities and world-class instruction. We'll provide you with the tools you need to have a lifetime of success, both educationally and professionally.

About Cal U Academics

Academic Programs

Cal U has more than 130 undergraduate programs in the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Eberly College of Science and Technology. 

Our School for Graduate Studies and Research offers master's degree and other post-graduate level courses for continued professional development. 


Institutional Accreditation

California University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student population, and resources.  It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions. For more information, please visit our accreditation webpage.

Academic Program Accreditation

Program accreditation is one assurance that an academic program meets high standards for educational quality. Cal U ensures that students can pursue future opportunities by seeking and maintaining accreditation for all academic programs where accreditation is required for professional licensure or certification. Accreditation for other programs is maintained when it is deemed to offer a tangible benefit for our students and the University.  

Cal U’s longest standing program accreditation dates to 1954, when our teacher education program was accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This accrediting body now is known as Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Cal U's faculty continues a long tradition of teaching excellence, scholarly growth, and professional and community service. More than 78% of our faculty members hold doctorates or other terminal degrees, and many are nationally recognized educators, content experts and leaders in their field. 

A student-to-faculty ratio of about 22:1 allows our faculty to provide an engaging educational experience.  Faculty accomplishments are noted in the Academic Affairs newsletter and the provost's reports to the Cal U Council of Trustees. 

Academic Support

Cal U offers a variety of services to help students succeed. Our Office of Student Retention and Success manages: First-Year Seminar, the Math Lab, the Writing Center, the Reading Clinic, the Academic Scheduling and Placement Testing Center

Peer Mentoring helps new students by matching them with upperclassmen who provide informal guidance and support. 

Our Internship Center helps students secure real-world work experience while earning University credits, and Career Services offers Cal's Career Advantage Program to help students develop a career plan starting in their freshman year. 

Honors Program

Qualified students can participate in an enhanced educational experience through the Cal U Honors Program. Honor students work with faculty to explore scholarly, professional and artistic interests inside and outside the classroom, in the U.S. and abroad. 

A special residence hall and early registration also are available to honors students. 


Students at Cal U have a wide variety of computer options throughout campus. Each residence hall has a 24-hour computer lab and each room has at least two Internet connections. In addition to residence halls, there are dozens of specialized labs for student use, including multiple labs in Noss Hall, the home of the Instructional Computing Facility. 

Academic Affairs News

Keep up to date with faculty accomplishments and departmental achievements by reviewing the Academic Affairs newsletters and the Provost's presentations to the Council of Trustees:

Academic Affairs Newsletters 

Provost's Presentations to the Council of Trustees