College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at UAGC is a comprehensive college with 32 programs that span three departments (Department of Behavioral Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Department of Education and Liberal Arts) and the Academic Engagement Center. The College of Arts and Sciences has diverse programs ranging from an associate degree in Early Childhood Education to several Ph.D. programs. CAS's student-centric focus allows us to make sound pedagogical decisions based on student performance data. Our programs and courses undergo a continuous improvement process that analyzes teaching, learning, and curriculum development. As such, all programs within CAS are aligned with the mission, vision, and purpose of UAGC. The College of Arts and Sciences is driven by creating strategic initiatives and goals that address the four critical goals at UAGC. 

  • RETAIN students during their first year of enrollment
  • Support COMPLETION of programs and educational goals driven by student-based timelines;
  • Offer HIGH-VALUE CREDENTIALS WITH MARKETABLE SKILLS
  • Enhance students’ ECONOMIC RETURN

A key differentiator for UAGC and CAS is our focus on supporting the whole student. The Culture of Care initiative is one in which we focus on creating an academic environment where students can receive the support they need to be successful. Our faculty have the disposition to care for students from day one of each course. A proactive approach to connecting with students who may be having difficulty with a class will help students on their road to graduation. Our ultimate goal is to get every student to graduation while providing a rigorous and relevant program that supports the life goals of every student.

Our Mission Statement

The Department of Education and Liberal Arts Mission Statement: To Empower, Encourage, and Educate individuals to impact their communities.

Our Purpose

We strive through our purpose to provide all learners with incredible instruction and relevant course content to support students in reaching their educational and professional goals. By creating professional learning communities, we can support students in their intellectual development, scholarship, and successful application of the learning to their career goals and field of professional engagement.

Our Vision

Our vision is to identify and support the implementation of our “Why,” which is at the center of our work: The Success of Our Students. This approach focuses on implementing our mission of empowering, encouraging, and educating both our students and faculty to contribute to the advancement of our communities, schools, and programs within our department. Our desire as a team within this department is to learn, evolve, collaborate, and support the growth of students, as demonstrated through the successful completion of their degree programs.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support all learners in achieving their educational, personal, and professional goals. Students will develop the skills needed to achieve these goals and to address societal challenges and changes. We provide an accessible online format, a supportive and engaging community, a rich and varied curriculum, and expert instruction. Students also receive opportunities to develop through respectful dialogue, use of high-quality instructional material, critical analysis of scientific literature, ethical decision-making activities, and career guidance.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to help all learners achieve their goals and advance their knowledge and skill sets. Our programs provide an accessible, high-quality, equitable, inclusive, and diverse learning environment that supports personal and professional growth. All courses include modeling of respectful discourse, fostering diversity of thought, inclusivity, and creativity, and the promotion of innovation with the goal of positively changing lives and personal circumstances. 

Our Vision

We strive to empower students to become focused and motivated critical thinkers who have diverse skills and knowledge that personify unbiased and fact-based leadership skills to be applied within their communities and careers and as a proactive agent for societal challenges.

Value statement

We believe that education is a path to greater personal freedom, ethical and societal awareness, proactive agency, as well as opportunity and civic responsibility. We believe students thrive by developing a motivated scholarly perspective and a broader personal and career perspective. We believe a more fulfilling life should be equitably available to all people and that our responsibility is to provide learners with care and support, as well as high-quality educational programs that encourage professional and personal growth.

Our Mission

The Department of Health Sciences’ mission is to foster a culture of care that prepares students with ethical and critical thinking skills to improve health and well-being outcomes across diverse global populations.

Our Purpose

The Department of Health Sciences is committed to providing an accessible, high-quality online education to a global population of diverse learners.

Our Vision

The Department of Health Sciences’ vision is to inspire, develop, and graduate students to become thought leaders and innovators in the health care delivery system.

Value statement

Support, empower, and respect all students for success.

Academic Engagement Center

Dr. Mingzhen Bao, Chair

Welcome to the Academic Engagement Center (AEC) at the University of Arizona Global Campus!

Our Mission

To immerse students in an empowering, engaging, and student-centric experience that provides an innovative foundation for degree completion and achievement.

Our Vision

Prepare every student for lifelong learning and success through an accessible, inclusive, responsive, learner-centered approach.

Our Purpose

Empower students with tools for imagining new possibilities for their personal and professional lives. Student support and engagement are at the core of the AEC. Positioned at the beginning of the student life cycle, the AEC serves as the student's introduction to the University. Through a meaningful and engaging General Education program comprised of curricular and co-curricular opportunities, the AEC creates a sense of community and belonging for students and supports them throughout their UAGC experience. AEC coursework is designed for the adult learner, based on principles of andragogy, and develops career readiness skills like critical thinking, information literacy, ethical reasoning, oral and written communication, and quantitative reasoning. These skills serve as the foundation for students’ later coursework and help to boost their academic success and degree completion. Along with coursework, students take part in a variety of synchronous co-curricular events such as “Meet the Majors” where they are connected to faculty in their degree program early in their coursework. Students also take part in required, synchronous learning sessions that bring to life course content and provide students a virtual learning community with face-to-face interaction with faculty and other students.

For more information, the AEC coursework experience is illustrated here:

  • Interactive Course Map

Here, students can explore the content of AEC courses and how they relate to and build upon one another.

  • The AEC YouTube Channel 

Here, students are given an overview of AEC courses as well as key course assignments. These faculty-made videos focus on the applicability of course content to students’ degree programs. Also included on the channel are competency-specific videos designed to support skill development (e.g., thesis writing).

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