Student Success from Start to Finish
“To teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things” is the motto of the University of Georgia. Instruction is one of the core elements of the University of Georgia’s mission. The Office of Instruction is responsible for supporting teaching, advising and student learning on UGA’s main and extended campuses. The Office of Instruction is comprised of a number of administrative units that ensure student success from start to finish.
All students, all the time
Our office works to ensure a quality student experience from the day a student is admitted until he or she graduates. Supporting units such as Admissions, the Registrar and Student Financial Aid ensure that students take the necessary steps to enroll and finance their education. Dedicated staff in the Office of Curriculum Systems manage the online UGA Bulletin and oversee other vital curricular management tools for both students and faculty.
Focusing on student success
In an institution as large and diverse as the University of Georgia, there is a great need for academic and student support services of many kinds. Academic advising is crucial to all students and our office supports the work of scores of dedicated advisors on all of our campuses. Our Pre-Law Advising Office and Pre-Health Advising Office offer students courses and resources to prepare for law or medical school. The Office of the Vice President for Instruction also manages the Academic Honesty process and works to promote the university-wide honesty policy, A Culture of Honesty. Additionally, expert faculty and staff in our Division of Academic Enhancement provide all UGA students with academic assistance, including test review sessions, academic counseling, tutoring and writing assistance.
Unique opportunities and experiences
The Office of the Vice President for Instruction is also proud to support special instructional, residential and scholarship programs that enhance the educational experience of many UGA students. From residential program to themed Learning Communities to participation in the Washington Semester Program, students have multiple opportunities to add to the rich experience that is learning at UGA. Our most recent instructional initiative, the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program, provides entering students with exposure to our dedicated faculty in small classes of about 15 students. The Office of Service-Learning connects instruction to public service and provides opportunities for students to engage with important societal issues in a scholarly way through community-based service-learning projects. Our Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC units motivates students to become better citizens and provides them with a foundation to be leaders in the community and the nation. We believe that programs such as these equip our students with skills and experiences that will positively impact their entire UGA career.
Reach beyond Athens
The Office of the Vice President for Instruction also works to provide access to a growing number of students not living in Athens. More students than ever now have access to a UGA education thanks to the growth of our extended campuses in Griffin, Gwinnett County, Tifton and Buckhead. Our newly launched Office of Online Learning works with faculty to develop online degree courses and programs for undergraduate and graduate students, allowing many students a more flexible option for pursuing a UGA education at their own pace and from any location.
Dedicated faculty are at the heart of quality instruction at the University of Georgia. This office is committed to providing faculty with the resources they need to be successful in the classroom. A very specialized supporting unit is the Center for Teaching and Learning, which serves faculty, administrators and graduate teaching assistants in all of UGA’s schools and colleges. Through special programs, consultations and instructional grants, the Center for Teaching and Learning is one more way that excellence in teaching is encouraged by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.
Collaboration between these diverse units ensures student success at UGA from start to finish!