Academic Affairs: Part 2 of 2

The Office of Disability Services

Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is the policy of Appalachian State University that no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) works diligently to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided equal access at Appalachian State University. ODS assists eligible students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities by determining and coordinating reasonable accomodations. Reasonable accomodations are determined individually and are intended to minimize the effects of the impact of specific limitations caused by a disability in order for a qualified individual to have equal access to programs, services and activities.

Individuals seeking reasonable accommodations due to a disability must complete the applicable procedure outlined at ods.appstate. edu. ODS will review for eligibility in a timely manner on an individualized case-by-case basis.

ODS is located in Suite 112, Anne Belk Hall. For more information, please visit or call (828) 262-3056.

Information Technology Services

Led by the Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services (ITS) is Appalachian's central information technology unit. ITS develops, supports, and fosters the use of technology to enable essential innovation in research, learning, and administrative processes. ITS works closely with other campus units, including distributed information technology units to ensure our services, priorities, and polices are developed through strong governance and collaboration with the University community.

Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning

The fundamental purpose of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning (IRAP) is twofold, directed toward fulfilling the stated missions of the University of North Carolina and of Appalachian State University:

  • to provide data support for university planning and management activities; and,
  • to provide leadership for comprehensive academic and administrative planning and assessment.

IRAP assumes primary responsibility for (a) collecting data about the performance of the university, (b) collecting data about the environment of the university, (c) analyzing, interpreting, and presenting the collected data, and (d) transforming the data into meaningful information that supports university planning, policy making, decision making, and assessment. Services of IRAP are available to university administrators, faculty, and students involved in planning and management activities as well as to persons and agencies outside the university. In fulfilling its mission, IRAP seeks to anticipate information needs, present information in accessible and useful ways, and provide prompt, accurate, and courteous service.

Office of International Education and Development (OIED)

Appalachian combines a strong liberal arts foundation with a comprehensive, pervasive, and integrated commitment to internationalization. The mission of internationalization efforts at Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of and respect for cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding communities. Through the Global Learning quality enhancement plan (QEP), Appalachian seeks to engage students in multiple and varied diverse learning experiences at home and abroad to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions, and cultures; improve their intercultural skills; and develop attitudes that cultivate global citizenship. At Appalachian, we define global citizenship as a moral and ethical disposition through which our students might understand local and global contexts and their responsibilities within different communities. The University is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society. Through the curriculum, co-curricular activities, relationships with scholars and students from around the world, education abroad programs, grants and scholarships for collaborative research abroad, and numerous cross-cultural programs, Appalachian creates opportunities for students to understand the world and be active participants in it. Appalachian's ability to fulfill the commitment to internationalization is the result of bright and curious students working with an inspired and diverse faculty, a demanding and interdisciplinary curriculum, and a thriving international program.

Education Abroad

Appalachian offers students a wide selection of faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs. Students have the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours, which are applied toward their degree programs, while spending one to five weeks abroad. With the exception of some language programs, Appalachian faculty members teach short-term study abroad courses in English.

Through bilateral exchange, consortia, and affiliation agreements, Appalachian students have access to more than 200 international programs to consider for semester or year study overseas. OIED partners with more than 70 institutions abroad for exchange programs and Appalachian is a member of the University of North Carolina Exchange Program (UNCEP), International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), and Academic Consortium of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). While many locations offer the opportunity to study in a foreign language, many programs are in English-speaking countries or offer courses in English. The cost of all bilateral exchanges is the same as tuition and fees at Appalachian and room and board at most partner institutions is the same as on campus; the cost of other programs vary widely.

Students who receive scholarships and financial aid can apply these benefits to the cost of studying abroad. Students can also apply for a limited number of education abroad scholarships offered through OIED.

Additionally, Appalachian students can participate in international research, student teaching practicums abroad, international service learning, and international internships and independent study. The Honors College, in collaboration with OIED, has created several opportunities for students to participate in clinical observations or other professional experiences at partners institutions abroad.

International Research And Development

OIED strengthens the internationalization of Appalachian through world-class contributions to education, research, and development across the globe. OIED designs and implements international technical assistance and training projects and contributes to both the theory and the practice of international development. Through its development and participant training projects, research, and outreach activities, OIED works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges. OIED works to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of international development by offering research, service, and learning opportunities abroad to Appalachian faculty, staff, and students.

International Student and Scholar Services & Outreach

Appalachian offers comprehensive support services for our international students and scholars. These services include personal advising, academic support, assistance with immigration and health insurance, and social and informative programs including a week-long welcome orientation, host family matching, "This, too, is America" - a series of classes and excursions to local and national places of interest, International Coffee Hours on campus, and other cultural events. International Appalachian (INTAPP), a university-funded student service organization and iPALS, work with OIED to help orient and acclimate international students to the Appalachian campus. iPALS matches new international students with current Appalachian State students for friendship and cultural exchange. iPALS is a great opportunity to create new friendships, learn about different cultures, and create memories that will last a lifetime. This program also serves as an important resource for cross-cultural learning and exchange.

International outreach at Appalachian provides resources and develops intercultural programming and training initiatives to serve the campus as well as the communities of Northwestern North Carolina. Programming efforts in international outreach promote the internationalization of the Appalachian campus, the local community, and K-12 schools in this region.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research serves as a major advocate for research by assisting faculty, staff, and students in the acquisition of external funding; by providing internal support for research and creative endeavors; and by insuring a visible profile for University research and grant activities.

Grants Resources and Services and Sponsored Programs

The Grants Resources and Services staff provides assistance to the University community in identifying both public and private sources of external funding and in the development of grant proposals. The Sponsored Programs staff oversees submission of all grants and contracts on behalf of the University community, including monitoring proposals for compliance with University, State, and funding agency requirements, and acquiring proper administrative approvals.

The Office of Special Funds Accounting in the Division of Business Affairs assists faculty, staff, and students with the financial administration of grants and contracts after the funds have been awarded to the University.

Research Protections

Integrity in research is the basis for the academic search for knowledge. Persons involved in academic research must guard the truth and protect the public trust that research in an academic environment has long held. The Chief Research Officer (the Vice Provost for Research), the Director of Research Protections, and the staff of Research and Sponsored Programs are responsible for monitoring compliance with policies on the responsible conduct of research at Appalachian, including integrity in scholarship and scientific research; the rights and welfare of human research subjects; care for laboratory animals; biosafety; radiation safety; dissemination of technology, goods, and information to foreign nationals, countries, and other international entities; and ownership of research and other intellectual property.

Research Consultation

The staff in the Office of Research Consultation will work collaboratively with faculty across campus to develop partnerships among research scholars, help increase the university research and extramural profile, and promote the use of data in faculty research. Specifically, the staff will support research at Appalachian by providing faculty with statistical and analytic guidance and assistance. The office will give priority to supporting faculty who are working on externally funded research projects, preparing external grant and contract submissions, or working on research projects that have the potential to lead to external funding. The office will also develop and disseminate resources and training materials that will assist faculty with data management and provide guidance for conducting a variety of quantitative and qualitative analyses.

William C. Hubbard Programs for Faculty Excellence

The William C. Hubbard Programs for Faculty Excellence comprises two units: Faculty and Academic Development and Learning Technology Services. Together these units provide support and leadership to faculty members and departments in the development of innovative pedagogies; interdisciplinary teaching; "across the curriculum" competencies; appropriate uses of instructional technology; scholarly agendas; valid, reliable and efficient faculty evaluation processes; preparation for administrative roles; preparation for global competencies; and effective planning for different career stages.