Scott A. Bass

Provost Emeritus at American University

Scott A. Bass

Scott A. Bass

Provost Emeritus at American University

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Dr. Scott A. Bass is Provost at American University. As the chief academic affairs officer, he leads AU’s seven schools and colleges, the University Library, enrollment management, financial aid, and other academic affairs units. Dr. Bass also holds the appointment of Professor of Public Administration & Policy in the AU School of Public Affairs.

Since his arrival at AU in 2008, Provost Bass has focused on strategic planning, diversity, and strengthening the academic infrastructure. One of his signature planning initiatives, AU 2030, identified groundbreaking academic areas for long-term investment, invigorated cross-disciplinary faculty collaboration, and was instrumental in the recruitment and hiring of over 200 new full-time faculty. Along with faculty recruitment, Provost Bass was successful in increasing the student body’s racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity through greater investments in need-based financial aid, while simultaneously increasing academic standards and selectivity. He also expanded living-learning programs and established several special academic programs to attract highly talented students.

Following AU’s decennial Middle States accreditation process, the visiting team recognized the transformation that the university has undergone as result of many of Provost Bass’s initiatives. Following enhancements to the university’s research infrastructure and increases in doctoral programs, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions reclassified AU as a “Higher Research University.” Most recently, AU’s admissions rate reach a historic level of institutional selectivity. His current leadership project, Reinventing the Student Experience (RiSE), focuses on creating a model student services experience that is matched to the needs of tomorrow’s technology-enabled, diverse students.

Provost Bass began his academic career at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was the founding Director and Administrator of the Gerontology Institute and the founding chair of the gerontology program. There, he also established and directed one of the nation’s first PhD programs in gerontology. He later served as the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), playing a leadership role in UMBC’s dramatic expansion in research and graduate education. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Bass was awarded the prestigious Donald P. Kent Award for exemplifying the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpreting gerontology to the larger society.

Provost Bass has served on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Higher Education Advisory Council, the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools, and the ETS and the Council of Graduate Studies Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States. He received his PhD in the combined program in psychology and education at the University of Michigan. He has written or edited 8 books and 45 articles, earned a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Japan, and was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 2004. He is widely recognized as an innovator in higher education.

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Provost Emeritus at American University
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American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2012 enrollment was 13,165, with 6,776 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,464 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,766 law students, and 1,159 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad. We offer 61 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, and a JD program, as well as 50 certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses run on a 15-week semester basis in fall and spring, with shorter summer-term classes. In addition, we offer study-abroad programs and alternative breaks. More than 85 percent of our undergraduates and 60 percent of our master's students participate in at least one internship. Our student body is cosmopolitan and globally diverse, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 130 countries represented. Seven percent of undergraduates and 11 percent of graduate students are international. The university’s mission is carried out by 798 full-time faculty and 1,525 full-time staff. Ninety-four percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Among our 565 adjunct faculty are policy makers, diplomats, journalists, artists, writers, scientists, and business leaders

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