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.


Provost Resources


Department News

STEM Degrees
Academic | Biology | Chemistry
Millikin named Top 20 Small College to offer "Best Deal" for STEM Degrees
March 22, 2016, 1:30pm
Millikin University has been ranked among the 20 best deals on small colleges for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees by Great College Deals. The ranking was...
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Robert Putnam
Alumni & Friends | Campus | Community
Harvard professor, best-selling author Robert Putnam to present 2016 T.W. Samuels Lecture
February 11, 2016, 12:15pm
Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and best-selling author, will present the 2016 T.W. Samuels Lecture on Wednesday, March 16....
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Millikin Lake Land Agreement
Academic | Admissions | Campus
Millikin University, Lake Land College announce reverse transfer agreement
February 10, 2016, 2:00pm
Millikin University and Lake Land College have announced a reverse transfer agreement that will benefit students who transfer from Lake Land to Millikin before earning their associate...
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Millikin Commencement
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Arts
Millikin graduates take the next step at Winter Commencement
December 14, 2015, 11:30am
Millikin University honored over 140 graduates during its 2015 Winter Commencement ceremony on Dec. 13 in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Graduates from Millikin's traditional...
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Phi Kappa Phi
Academic | Campus | Community
Millikin University recognized as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit
October 13, 2015, 1:30pm
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Millikin University...
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