A Rigorous Student Experience

At Appalachian, student learning and student success come from a challenging academic curriculum, active classroom environments and close collaboration between faculty members and students on scholarly activities. A strong emphasis on undergraduate research, international experiences, interdisciplinary connections and measurable learning outcomes that assess student progress are at the core of Appalachian’s academic activities.

Meet the Provost

Dr. Stan Aeschleman
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Dr. Stan Aeschleman came to Appalachian in 1989 as a professor in the Department of Psychology. Aeschleman was coordinator of the Department of Psychology’s graduate studies program for two years and chaired the Department from 1998-2003. He served as acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-04, was named interim provost in July 2004, and provost in December 2004. Stan returned to teaching in the Department of Psychology in 2010 before, at the request of Chancellor Everts, returning to the role of Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor in October 2014 to enable the university time to conduct a national search to fill the position.

Stan received a B.A. in psychology from Western Illinois University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in learning-physiological psychology from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining Appalachian, Aeschleman held teaching posts at Indiana University, Bloomington; Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and the University of Kentucky.

Aeschleman’s research focuses on the experimental and applied analysis of behavior. He has published numerous articles evaluating skill acquisition programs for clients with developmental disabilities, and experimental investigations of reinforcement theory.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Sixteen departments span the humanities, social sciences, and the mathematical and natural sciences.

  • Walker College of Business

    The Walker College of Business is included in Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of Best Business Schools.

  • Reich College of Education

    The college has one of the largest teacher education programs in the University of North Carolina system. It also houses programs in human development and counseling, leadership, and family and consumer science.

  • College of Fine and Applied Arts

    This college comprises the departments of Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Technology, and Theatre and Dance.

  • Williams Graduate School

    The school offers more than 50 master’s and certificate programs and one doctoral program – on the main campus, at off-campus locations and online.

  • College of Health Sciences

    The college positions Appalachian as the premier university for outstanding academic preparation of health and human services professionals.

  • Hayes School of Music

    The school prepares performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors, and music industry professionals.

  • University College

    All undergraduate students begin their education here, through the General Education Program, co-curricular programs and student support programs.

  • The Honors College

    This program attracts students in the top 5 to 10 percent of their graduating high school class.

News

  • Appalachian’s College of Health Sciences named for Hickory-area businessman
    Friday, March 27, 2015

    The College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University has been named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry – Donald C. Beaver of Conover.

  • Burris honored by UNC Board of Governors for teaching excellence
    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Teaching is one of Jennifer Burris’ passions, and that passion has been recognized by the UNC Board of Governors. Burris, an associate professor of physics at Appalachian State University and director of the engineering physics graduate program, is one of 17 professors from across the UNC system who will receive a UNC Board of Governors 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence.

  • Students and geology professor research ancient marine animal
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Lyndsie White is a senior industrial design major at Appalachian State University. Bonnie Nguyen is a recent graduate of the university’s exercise science program. They might seem like an unlikely pair to be part of a research project based in the Appalachian’s Department of Geology, but their skill set is helping Dr. Johnny Waters and others better understand blastoids, an ancient marine group of echinoderms and distant cousins to starfish and brittle stars.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Spend a dollar on education at Appalachian State University and that dollar will yield another $6.40 in benefits to taxpayers, or a 15.9 percent return on investment, according to an economic impact value of higher education conducted by the Idaho-based company Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) for the University of North Carolina system.

  • Reading Clinic named for Reich College of Education benefactor Pat A. Anderson
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    A reading clinic at Appalachian State University that helps children improve their reading skills has been named in honor of university benefactor Pat A. Anderson of Taylorsville. A major contribution to the clinic was made by Anderson’s daughters through the TSH Charitable Foundation to honor their mother.

  • Investment in Appalachian yielded a 15.9 percent ROI in new income, economic value study shows
    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Spend a dollar on education at Appalachian State University and that dollar will yield another $6.40 in benefits to taxpayers, or a 15.9 percent return on investment, according to an economic impact value of higher education conducted by the Idaho-based company Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) for the University of North Carolina system.

  • University lecturer explores nature’s phenomena in new book
    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    From Australia to Venezuela and points in-between, writer Leigh Ann Henion has chronicled some of nature’s wonders in her debut book “Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World” published by Penguin Press on March 24.

  • Appalachian expands its educational opportunities in Turkey
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Appalachian State University has added a second formal agreement with a private university in Turkey creating opportunities for student, faculty and staff exchanges from Appalachian State University and both Turkish institutions.

Events

Notes

  • Employers Want Both Broad Knowledge and Specific Skills
    Employers Want Both Broad Knowledge and Specific Skills
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Which of the following ranges of knowledge and skills are more important for recent graduates who want to pursue advancement and long-term career success at your company?

    • 16% - Knowledge and skills that apply to a specific field or position
    • 29% - A range of knowledge and skills that apply to a range of fields or positions
    • 55% - Both field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of knowledge and skills

    Source: “Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight” Association of American Colleges and Universities, © 2014