The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies
The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies acts to support and enhance undergraduate education at AUC, through administration of the Core Curriculum, the Academic Advising Center, Community Based Learning (CBL) and Undergraduate Research, as well as through facilitating the development of new Freshman Year, Bridge and Honors programs. Focusing on non-declared students and working as well in close collaboration with the deans, faculty and staff of the Schools, the office seeks to further the integration and coordination of teaching and learning across the curriculum, pertinent registration and student petition issues, and related University policies and procedures - and to serve overall as an advocate for undergraduate students and studies at AUC.
Academic Advising Center (AAC)
The mission of the Academic Advising Center (AAC) at AUC is to provide academic advising and assist all undeclared undergraduate students in developing their educational plans, and setting career and life goals while helping them appreciate the values of liberal arts education until they declare their major. This is done through advising and mentoring systems offered to students throughout their year (s) at the center. Once they declare a major, the students should receive the same service in their department of major while the center will continue providing the needed academic support, advice and help regarding the core curriculum and general academic rules and regulations. AAC operates on the basis of shared responsibility where AUC community (faculty, student and staff) interact and coordinate efforts to achieve advising goals and desired student outcomes from admission to graduation.
One of the goals of AAC is to provide developmental advising, a process that involves both teaching and learning as it engages the students actively in their education and helps them to develop a sense of responsibility for their academic choices. Continuity and follow up on the student’s academic, mental, intellectual, psychological and post-graduate planning status on a one-on-one basis are fundamental practices and assessment of the center’s goals and outcomes is integral.
The courses are based on the principles of cross-cultural dialogue, incorporating various engaging mediums such as videoconferencing technologies. The courses give the students the opportunity to explore the dialogue process with counter-partners from around the globe, discussing topics that range from current local events to a wide variety of global socioeconomic, political and cultural issues.
Community Based Learning (CBL)
The CBL Program at AUC aims to support and foster Community-Based Learning, which is a methodology that advances articulated learning goals through student service to a partner community. Launched from the classroom and lectures, readings, and discussions, students apply academic theories and innovative thinking in co-developmental, hands-on service with local, Egyptian, and international communities. Students reflect on the changes within themselves, within the partners they’ve worked with, and within the community at large to assess the impact of civic engagement and responsibility on self, others, and the world.
Community-Based Learning courses are designated as “Course Title : Community-Based Learning” on the Schedule for Classes/Registrar. (ex: “Grant Writing: Community-Based Learning”)
Undergraduate Research Program (UGR)
The Undergraduate Research Program institutionalizes, supports and expands opportunities for undergraduate student research, entrepreneurship and creative achievement. It nurtures amongst the academic community, across the disciplines, a culture of research and development, and the drive to advance the liberal education outcomes of undergraduate inquiry and critical and creative competence.
Among other programs and services, the Program adminsters a conference and mini-grant program for undergraduate researchers and hosts the yearly EURECA conference featuring student research and creative work.