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. Darrell Kruger
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Dr. Darrell P. Kruger began his tenure as provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University in July 2015. Dr. Kruger came to Appalachian from the University of New Orleans, where he was dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Kruger holds a doctorate in geography from Louisiana State University. In addition to the University of New Orleans, he has held administrative and faculty posts at Illinois State University and been on the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Kruger’s historical geography research, publications and presentations focus on South Africa and the U.S., and his fellowship appointments include the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management (2012), the American Council on Education (2010-11) and the Fulbright Group Project Abroad, South Africa (2006). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, most recently from the National Geographic Society for more than 15 years of service in promoting grassroots geography education in K-16 in both Illinois and Louisiana.

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.

  • Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies

    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.

  • Beaver 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.



  • Sep 3
    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Holmes Convocation Center

    Speaker Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel both published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

  • Sep 3
    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Plemmons Student Union

    The author of Appalachian's 2015 Common Reading Program selection “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” Beah now is a UNICEF Ambassador, an advocate for Children Affected by War, a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Advisory Committee, and an advisory board member of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Sep 10
    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Belk Library and Information Commons 114

    Faculty member and documentary filmmaker Beth Davison's “The Denim Dynasty” is a documentary about the legacy of the Cone family that shaped prominent features of North Carolina’s landscape.

  • Sep 10
    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Gene Nichol, the noted law professor and anti-poverty advocate, will deliver the talk “Poverty, Politics and Academic Freedom in North Carolina.” His campus visit has been organized by the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). This event is free and open to the public.

  • Sep 11
    Friday, September 11, 2015
    Rosen Concert Hall

    The Music Industry Studies program is excited to present “The Sessions Panel,” a powerful, interactive presentation by internationally recognized music industry professionals who will share their knowledge on marketing, self-promotion, contract negotiations, social media, entertainment law and artist relations.


  • 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