OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR
The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) creates, supports, and
a student-centered academic environment that supports Philander Smith College's mission
and vision to "graduate academically accomplished students who are grounded as advocates
for social justice, determined to intentionally change the world for the better."
It is the
administrative center which drives an academic environment of teaching and learning;
and professional development; undergraduate research and scholarship; and excellence
PSC. The VPAA oversees curricula and co-curricular activities within six academic
ensures measurable academic standards of quality and excellence in teaching, scholarship,
service, and facilitates undergraduate research and experiential learning among students
The philosophy of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is to maintain
goals and values which are best for the students and for the institution. Reporting
president of the College, the VPAA also fulfills four other primary roles:
Leading: The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs works with academic division
chairs and faculty, articulates an academic vision for the College, sets the overall
direction of the College, and establishes the academic agenda for the future.
Facilitating: The VPAA facilitates the accomplishment of the College's mission and its
academic goals through the development and maintenance of academic programs, procedures,
and measurable standards; in the selection, evaluation, and development of faculty
and staff; in
the review of academic programs and activities; in the allocation of funds; and in
the provision of
information to the College community.
Collaborating: The VPAA collaborates with Division Chairs and directors to enhance teaching
and learning and undergraduate research; to appoint new faculty members and support
and to promote retention and rigor in the classroom. The VPAA also collaborates with
Librarian to enhance information literacy across academic programs and with Coordinators
ensure academic support of teaching, learning, and research.
Coordinating: The VPAA maintains a broad and coherent perspective of liberal arts education
to meet the needs of the College within the higher education community.
Philander Smith College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North
Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. The organization
Philander Smith College is approved by:
Philander Smith College has programmatic accreditation for the following academic
the following organizations:
Hazel Arnett Ervin, Ph.D.
The International Student Organization is comprised of 25 students representing several
African countries as well as the Bahamas. With an aggressive recruiting campaign
in the Bahamas and as a member of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program, these
students attend Philander Smith College on F1 visas.
Marcia Johnson, a senior from Nassau, Bahamas, is the president of the organization,
which she says plans to host International Student Appreciation Week in the Spring
2012. Johnson is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting.
For more information about the ISO, contact Johnson at (501) 779-5076.
Philander Smith College International Students
With an aggressive recruiting campaign in the Bahamas and as a member of the Rwanda
Presidential Scholars Program, 36 students on F1 visas from foreign countries are
studying with us during the 11/12 academic year. Enrolled are 26 students from the
Bahamas , seven from Rwanda and one student from China. In addition we have students,
faculty and staff from China, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Namibia, Sierra Leone,
and Spain, Jamaica, Nigeria, Cameroon, Trinidad-Tobago, Palestine and South Korea.
The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program was started by President Paul Kagame in
2006. The concept is that Rwanda would identify its best and brightest students in
the sciences and arrange to have those students educated abroad in other countries.
These students would be offered scholarships, earn a degree in the U.S. and then return
home to help rebuild their country, which lost many of its leading minds in the genocide.
The scholarships are sponsored by the Rwandan Government in agreement with several
Arkansas and other U.S. colleges and universities. An important second phase is to
allow a small group of students from these 12 higher education institutions to study,
work, and engage in Rwanda and the region. Philander Smith had two students participating
in the Rwanda and Uganda Study Abroad and Internship Program during the spring 2010
The International Stude
nt Advisor is Ms. Beverly Richardson. She is assisted by the Registrar, Ms. Bertha