Welcome to the NACU Learning Community for Provosts and VPAAs!

Chair: Beth Harville, provost, Drury University

Group email address: provosts@nacu.edu

You can use this group email address to reach out to others in the Provost/VPAA Learning Community when you have a question or want to know what your peers are doing.

If you would like a copy of the group directory, please email Michelle Apuzzio. She can also add additional people, such as associate provosts, from your institution to the group email distribution.

The provost learning community is one of our most active groups with virtual discussions once or twice a semester as well as in-person meetings twice a year at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in January and our own Summer Institute in June. NACU also helps campuses collaborate to present at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting.

NACU Programs


NACU conducts a variety of studies to allow its campuses to compare themselves against their peers. These include a benchmarking dashboard using IPEDS data, grant-funded research, and ‘quick studies’ that respond to your immediate needs and questions. Reach out to Sean Creighton or Michelle Apuzzio with questions or ideas for collaborative studies.

Expert Webinars

We engage in professional development by leveraging expertise within and outside of NACU. For our webinars, we feature industry leaders on a variety of topics. NACU webinars are open to all administrators, faculty, and staff on campuses.

Summer Institute

The NACU Summer Institute provides a unique opportunity for professional development, discussion of issues common to our members, and networking. The institute is a catalyst for campus teams to work collaboratively on institutional strategy and improving educational outcomes.

Peer External Review Program

NACU’s Peer External Program Review program connects you with faculty or an administrator at another NACU campus to provide an external review of a program, department, or college. By working with like-minded peers, both campuses benefit from this learning engagement.

Student Exchange

The NACU Student Exchange, also known as domestic study away, allows students from one NACU campus to study at another NACU campus. Some campuses offer specific programs known as Signature Experiences that take advantage of their locations or unique expertise. If you would like to offer a Signature Experience or want to learn more about about this program, contact Michelle Apuzzio.

Additional Student Programs

NACU can help promote your short- and long-term study abroad programs. NACU also has an agreement with the Washington Internship Institute that allows its campuses to receive a 10 percent discount on program costs for their students.

NACU Faculty Ambassadors

The NACU Faculty Ambassadors’ primary objectives are to communicate NACU opportunities to others, especially faculty, on their campuses and to help facilitate collaboration among faculty at NACU campuses.

The provosts’ office is responsible for selecting ambassadors.

We ask that each campus have at least one ambassador but you may have more than one. It is important that your campus ambassador(s) is highly visible, established, and connected to various groups on campus. This role is well-suited for directors in your institution’s Center for Teaching and Learning (or similar) or a faculty member that enjoys connecting colleagues to opportunities. Ambassadors may serve for any number of years or for a finite amount of time.

To assign an ambassador or learn more about this program, please contact Sean Creighton or Michelle Apuzzio.