Office of the Provost

Higher education is in the midst of tremendous flux. There are questions about the extent of student learning, concerns about financial sustainability, and changes in delivery modalities. It is crucial that Azusa Pacific University have a clear vision to guide the growth and development of high-quality academic programs that achieve outstanding student learning outcomes.

The Academic Vision 2022 describes ten commitments to academic quality that will guide our activities for the next ten years. These ten commitments will accomplish the Azusa Pacific University Shared Vision 2022 goal of outstanding academic quality and academic reputation. Action around each of these objectives is already under way, but we will take them to the next level across the coming years.


Academic Vision 2022 aligns with the university’s Shared Vision 2022. The overarching goals of the Academic Vision 2022 are to raise APU’s academic reputation as a high-quality, comprehensive university and to cultivate a culture of trust and collaboration in the pursuit of excellence. The following objectives have been established to achieve these overarching goals:

AV1. Employ decision-making processes that are strategic and innovative.

Actively consider new opportunities and goals through careful needs assessment and planning.

AV2. Ensure that data-based information is integrated into all decision-making processes.

Develop and utilize accurate data in the etiology and refinement of goals and initiatives.

AV3. Support faculty and student research.

Create benchmarks for faculty and student scholarship and provide resources with accountability to achieve those goals.

AV4. Ensure that a cogent understanding of faith integration and spiritual formation is integrated into all academic programs.

Establish clear definitions and expectations regarding fulfillment of our mission as a Christian university.

AV5. Continue our commitment to God-honoring diversity as evidenced by respect that values all individuals.

Affirm and sustain our Christian commitment that all people are created in the image of God in our academic endeavors.

AV6. Cultivate faculty expertise as educator-mentors, scholar-practitioners, and servant-leaders.

Advance faculty developmental processes to support the central role of faculty in higher education.

AV7. Engage in the continuous improvement of student learning.

Develop and employ resources and processes that facilitate student academic engagement and thriving.

AV8. Ensure that programs and processes are employed to promote undergraduate excellence.

Uphold our commitment to a liberal arts education with distinction.

AV9. Enhance services and support that facilitate distinction in graduate and adult education.

Provide resources appropriate to the academic needs of adult and graduate students.

AV10. Pursue intentional internationalization.

Provide significant opportunities for cross-cultural and cross-border academic experiences.