Academic Affairs: Part 1 of 2

Darrell Kruger, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

With primary responsibility for the academic mission of the University, the Office of Academic Affairs is committed to the principle that providing students with ready access to skilled and dedicated faculty remains the surest formula for producing graduates of exceptional quality. In classrooms, laboratories, libraries and studios across our campus - and, increasingly, all across the globe - Appalachian's faculty and students are carrying that tradition forward into new times and new places.

Belk Library and Information Commons

The Belk Library and Information Commons is centrally located on Appalachian's campus and provides access to a wide range of information resources and services. The Music Library, located on the second floor of the Broyhill Music Center, supports the curriculum of the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music and the University, and contains books, scores, and recordings.

The Belk Library welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year and is regularly open 24 hours from 12:30 pm on Sunday to 9:00 pm on Friday and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday. Collections include print books, e-books, and access to a wide variety of audio and video in various formats. The Library also provides access to more than 400 full text and citation databases that support the curriculum and research needs of students and faculty. The Library provides areas for individual and collaborative study, electronic classrooms, and a lecture hall. Library faculty and staff are available to assist with research by phone, text, chat, email and in person.

The principal educational goal of the Library is to improve the information literacy of students. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate and use information effectively, and it is an educational goal for every ASU graduate. To help students develop information literacy skills, librarians provide classroom instruction and one-on-one research assistance, as well as online tutorials and reference chat service.

The Library has numerous special collections including the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, the Stock Car Racing Collection, the University Archives and Records, and several Rare Book Collections all located on the Library's fourth floor. Selected materials from these collections are digitized and available on the Library's website. On the ground floor, the Instructional Materials Center contains resources for teacher education and instructional development. For items not held by the Library, interlibrary loan services and 48- hour delivery options from UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina University are available.

The Belk Library provides wireless access throughout the building and offers 440 computers, both Mac and PC, as well as desktops and laptops, for student use. All computers provide access to a full suite of software for academic projects across the disciplines. The Digital Media Studio within the Library provides assistance and access to media creation software for creating digital products, as well as an Audio Recording Room with dedicated equipment to produce high quality sound files. The Tech Checkout Desk provides a full range of digital equipment for checkout, including tablets, audio/video equipment, laptops, headphones, hard drive, and robotics kits. The Assistive Technology Room provides access to software and equipment to accommodate the research needs of students and faculty with a variety of vision, hearing, learning, and/or mobility impairments.

For additional information, go to the Library's home page, or call (828) 262-2188.

The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies

With responsibility for graduate education, the Graduate School consists of a Graduate Faculty, represented by the Dean, and the Graduate Council. The Dean reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Graduate Education

Graduate study at Appalachian includes encouraging academic inquiry, providing opportunities and facilities for advanced study and research, and developing or extending academic or professional specializations. Accordingly, the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies offers programs leading to master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees, as well as selected graduate certificates.

As part of its responsibility for graduate education, the Graduate School oversees all graduate work carried out in the departments, schools, and colleges of the University by evaluating and approving applicants for graduate study, qualifications of candidates for graduate degrees, graduate curricula and programs, and graduate faculty credentials; and administering assistantship, scholarship, and fellowship programs.

Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs

In cooperation with each of the colleges of the University, the Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs provides access to a continuum of educational and enrichment experiences for those outside the confines of the residential academic year, through field-based courses, conferences, camp programs, summer sessions offerings, and professional development programs.

Although the Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs does not grant degrees, the offices within the division work closely with all academic departments/programs and divisions of the University in order to better serve the various groups, individuals and geographic regions calling upon the University for its services. The offices within the Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs are:

  • Appalachian State University Greater Hickory Partnership
  • Office of Conferences and Camp Services
  • Office of Distance Education (including the Appalachian Learning Alliance)
  • Office of Summer Sessions and Professional Development
  • North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies

Appalachian State University Greater Hickory Partnership

The Appalachian State University Greater Hickory Partnership is a collaborative among Appalachian State University, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Catawba Valley Community College and Western Piedmont Community College, and has established Appalachian State University Centers on or near each of these institutions. The purpose of this organization is to better serve the educational needs of the citizens of these communities. These centers, along with the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, comprise a four-facility organization focused on identifying and meeting post-community college educational needs in the greater Hickory North Carolina region. Working collaboratively with leadership on the main campus in Boone, and with government, civic, and business interests in the region, the director and staff of the partnership investigate and deliver undergraduate degree completion, graduate degrees, and not-for-credit offerings at each of the four facilities. For more information, please call the Greater Hickory Partnership administrative offices, located at the Appalachian State University Center at Hickory at (828) 262-3113 or toll free at (800) 355-4084.

Office of Conferences and Camp Services

The University encourages the use of its resources and facilities by groups that are interested in providing educational and/or recreational workshops, clinics, camps, retreats, conferences, seminars, and meetings. The Office of Conferences and Camp Services is responsible for the development, coordination, promotion and management of non-credit continuing education programs. Programs are offered to individuals, utilizing the resources of a diversified faculty and staff and the modern facilities, equipment, and accommodations on the main campus and the surrounding region.

Increasingly business, industry and professional associations are requiring their members to return periodically to school in order to maintain a high level of currency in their fields. Appalachian responds to these needs within its service region in arranging for specially designed non-credit courses and programs and uses the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) as a measure of academic achievement.

For information, contact the director of the Office of Conferences and Camp Services, University Hall, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608. Phone (828) 262-3045.

Office of Distance Education

The Office of Distance Education is the administrative unit of the University responsible for the implementation of off-campus degree credit programs and courses. Through coordination with the academic colleges and departments/programs, institutional resources are extended into the University's service region at ASU Centers, at Appalachian Learning Alliance and other community colleges and at UNC System institutions including the UNC-Asheville Graduate Center. In addition, many programs are offered online.

Appalachian offers undergraduate degree completion programs in either part-time or full-time formats. Off-campus graduate degree offerings have been available to the citizens of North Carolina for more than fifty years.

For additional information about credit and programs offered off-campus, please contact the Office of Distance Education, P.O. Box 32054, University Hall Drive, Boone, NC 28608, or call (828) 262-3113 or (800) 355-4084, or email

Office of Summer Sessions and Professional Development

The Office of Summer Sessions and Professional Development coordinates all on-campus academic summer courses instructed by Appalachian faculty and noted visiting faculty. Summer Sessions includes traditional academic courses as well as workshops and seminars of varying lengths to allow Appalachian students as well as visiting students from other institutions to fit summer studies into busy summer schedules. Summer at Appalachian State University offers students many opportunities to add a minor, tackle a challenging course, graduate early, or study abroad.

On-campus special courses and other programs are offered to teachers and other professionals for both enrichment and the pursuit of advanced degrees.

For summer school information, view the Summer School website at, call (828) 262-3154, or email

Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance (EDC) reports directly to the chancellor with functional reporting to the provost and executive vice chancellor for the Office of Academic Affairs. EDC programs and services, summarized below, support students, staff, faculty, administrators, and campus visitors.


Concerns about impermissible harassment, discrimination or retaliation from any member of the university community are investigated by EDC staff and, if indicated, brought to resolution. State and federal laws protect individuals from discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on religion, race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, political affiliation, veteran status and genetic information. Appalachian extends this protection to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.


EDC staff members facilitate workshops in recognizing and preventing impermissible harassment and discrimination, appreciating differences in others, GLBT issues in the classroom, and creating respectful working and learning environments to any on- or off-campus class, organization, or unit. EDC sponsors the Open Door program and is a founding sponsor of the annual Diversity Celebration.


EDC is responsible for directing and monitoring EPA search and hiring procedures, affirmative action and equal opportunity compliance, the EPA exit interview process, and Title IX compliance. The associate vice chancellor of EDC is the Title IX coordinator for the university, as well as its chief diversity officer.

For more information about the EDC services and staff members, visit or call (828) 262-2144.