Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome to VPAA

Provost Debra Larson

Welcome to the Division of Academic Affairs – the heart of teaching and learning at Chico State. Here you can learn more about the work being done by an extremely talented group of faculty, staff, and administrators who provide exceptional educational experiences for our students – both within and outside of the classroom.

Over the course of the pandemic, faculty and students have asked what our educational strategy is moving forward. Through a consultative process, Academic Affairs’ has created a strategic intention statement on instruction for the near future to answer this question.

Academic Affairs' Strategic Intention

Chico State is a residential campus rooted in our sense of place. We are committed to student success through high-quality teaching and learning environments characterized by equity, sustainability and engagement with our region and the world. The changing landscape of higher education, which was accelerated by the pandemic, has invited us to reimagine the future of higher education and our role in preparing graduates. While we remain steadfast in our commitment to our place-based curricula, Academic Affairs will expand our reach by creating innovative new programs and pathways that leverage technology to dismantle geographic and systemic barriers. Doing so will enable us to serve the needs of our 12-county service area, the state, and the nation and professionally, culturally, and economically elevate our students. 

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