Provost's Welcome

A picture of Dr. Karin Peterson.

Karin Peterson

Greetings from Asheville, from the campus of the University of North Carolina’s designated undergraduate liberal arts institution. The Office of the Provost is committed to ensuring vitality and collaboration among faculty, students, and staff, and to supporting an inclusive climate that fosters innovation and attends to the long-term sustainability of our policies and practices. We work together to provide the strategic vision, leadership, and support necessary for learning in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences, with a 21st-century edge. We are, as a result, committed to furthering the University’s strategic directions toward academic rigor, student success, community engagement, and organizational capacity.

Our faculty have devoted their careers to undergraduate education. They expect their students to participate in research and creative endeavors as intellectual partners, and they serve as mentors to some of the brightest and academically courageous students in the nation. Their dedication in turn provides a model for emulation by our students, whose lives and careers, we expect, will be similarly inspired by the ideals and the vision of human progress.

We offer undergraduate degree programs leading to the B.A., B.S., B.F.A., and B.S.E. Students may choose from 32 majors and 40 minors, including courses preparing for teacher licensure. An array of academic support programs broadens and enriches the student educational experience including undergraduate research, service learning, community engagement, career development, Honors, and study abroad. A project known as Inquiry Arc endeavors to improve and assess our ability to teach and learn critical thinking skills that are essential for 21st century citizenship.

As you peruse our website you’ll learn in greater detail what the Provost’s Office does and who does it. Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Provost’s Office staff if we may be of assistance.

Karin Peterson 
Provost