Welcome to the Office of the Provost  

This page is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for information of all kinds related to academic programs, policies, and activities at Millikin University. 

The Role of the Provost
Provost - Dr. Jeffery Aper

I’m often asked what a Provost does. A few years ago one of my neighbors who was a veteran of World War II asked me about my job and when I told him I was a Provost, he was forever after convinced that I was Provost Marshal, or the head of the campus police force. While this influenced him to treat me with significant deference, it reinforced my conviction that I needed to find more effective ways to explain my role within the institution.

The primary role of the Provost is to serve as Chief Academic Officer for the University, which means working closely with the faculty to assure the best possible experience and outcomes for all of our students. That means facilitating the good work of faculty as teachers, advisors, scholars, researchers, artists, and citizens of the University and larger community. More broadly, I believe that the role of the Provost is to be the foremost advocate for the quality of all learning and development opportunities for our students, and that requires supporting and collaborating with faculty and staff colleagues who work to serve students in a wide variety of ways that enhance their experience at Millikin and preparation for a life of meaning and value.

In this capacity I work closely with the President to advance the mission of the University and serve the long-term best interests of the institution. Millikin University is an extraordinary community of thinkers and doers, and I am privileged to serve in a role that allows me strive to foster the success of such a gathering of capable faculty and staff who are truly devoted to the success of our diverse, capable, and hard-working students. 

Performance Learning

One of the most exciting things about Millikin is our dedication to Performance Learning, which emphasizes active student engagement in their learning and personal growth. It is not just a slogan; it is woven deeply into the fabric of the institution. It gives students the opportunity to go well beyond the more traditional learning they might get at other institutions. Performance Learning amplifies students’ experiences so they become much better prepared for life beyond Millikin through application and deepening of the knowledge and skills that they would otherwise get through more traditional approaches of instruction.

 

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Academic | Admissions | Alumni & Friends
U.S. News names Millikin University among "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest"
September 12, 2017, 12:45pm
Millikin ranked among "Best Value Schools" in the Midwest U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Millikin University as one of the leading institutions in the country. U.S...
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Academic | Admissions | Campus
Millikin University ranked among top universities by Washington Monthly
September 7, 2017, 2:30pm
Millikin University ranked among top universities by Washington Monthly The Washington Monthly named Millikin University to its annual "Best Bang for the Buck - Midwest" list as part...
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Millikin Congress to Campus
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
Millikin University to host Congress to Campus
September 6, 2017, 12:15pm
Millikin University to host Congress to Campus Millikin University students and central Illinois area residents will have the unique opportunity to learn from two retired members of the...
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Shilling Hall
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
Millikin University named among "Best in the Midwest" by Princeton Review
August 18, 2017, 11:45am
Millikin University named among "Best in the Midwest" by Princeton Review The Princeton Review has recognized Millikin University as one of the Midwest's best colleges according to its...
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Millikin Criminal Justice
Academic | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin University to manage new Macon County Teen Justice Program
July 19, 2017, 3:30pm
Millikin University to manage new Macon County Teen Justice Program Millikin University, in collaboration with the Macon County State's Attorney's Office and the Andreas Foundation, are...
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