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Academic Program Support

Dean: Tracy Schuster-Matlock, Ph.D.

University Academic Programs support student learning through programs that transcend any one college of study. They include experiences that take students to a foreign country for a few weeks, a semester or an entire year; programs that strive to improve student writing in any discipline; and programs that assess student learning outcomes on an institutional level.

Academic Programs consists of the following support services (for more information, click on the header):

  • First Year Experience
    The First Year Experience office helps new students make the transition to college through academic and co-curricular programs and initiatives and provides them with the knowledge and skills to persist to graduation.
  • General Education
    General Education ensures that St. Ambrose graduates demonstrate 22 learning outcomes that emphasis the liberal arts, the Catholic intellectual tradition, critical reasoning, health and wellness, communication, and integrated learning by taking classes designated to fulfill these requirements.

  • Institutional Research and Assessment
    St. Ambrose University is committed to fostering a campus climate that is supportive of assessment ideals and goals.  As such, the purpose of assessment at SAU is to improve institutional effectiveness in fulfilling its mission, vision and goals through strong assessment of programs, courses and students.

  • Student Disability Services
    Student Disability Services exists to provide qualified students with disabilities services or reasonable accommodations intended to reduce the effects that a disability may have on their performance in a traditional setting.


Tracy_SchusterTracy Schuster-Matlock, Dean of University Academic Programs
Tracy Schuster-Matlock began her career at St. Ambrose in 2001 as an assistant professor of education. Now a full professor, she is the Dean of University Academic Programs, which involves overseeing: General Education, First and Second Year Experience, Student Disability Services, Institutional Research, and Assessment. In addition, she serves as the Director of Strategic Planning and currently chairs the SAU HLC Steering Committee in preparation for our up-coming 2017 reaffirmation visit