Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Desiree Pedescleaux, Ph.D.
Associate Deans of Undergraduate Studies
Geneva Baxter, Ph.D.
Dean of First Year Studies
DeKimberlen Neely, Ph.D.
Dean for Sophomores and Juniors
Stacy Washington, M.A.
Academic Programs and Retention Coordinator
How the Deans Support Academic Excellence
Whether it is first-year experience seminar or commencement, the dean’s office plays a pivotal role in developing, coordinating, and administering academic policies, programs, and initiatives that facilitate and enhance the educational experiences of all students to increase the College’s retention rate, which currently is 85 percent and the highest among historically Black colleges and universities.
Enhancing Curricular Offerings
Academic retention of students is a priority of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The deans work with faculty to establish, interpret and enforce all academic policies and procedures related to students. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Studies works with faculty to develop and enhance curricular offerings. The deans help to coordinate activities of many of the campus-wide honor societies.
The Dean of Undergraduate Studies reports to the provost and is responsible for the supervision of off-campus study programs, the Learning Resources Center, The Office of Assessment of Student Learning and Development, and the College Honors Program.
The dean works primarily with senior students and is responsible for monitoring their academic progress. The dean also works with others on campus to identify opportunities including external scholarships, fellowships, awards, graduate and professional school options for students, especially seniors. The dean has supervisory responsibility for two associate deans who work with first-year students, sophomores and juniors.
The associate deans of Undergraduate Studies report to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. They monitor first-year students through junior advising, coordinating activities associated with student exchange programs, and working closely with various offices of the College to ensure appropriate services and opportunities. A major responsibility of the associate deans is the planning and coordination of the first-year experience and sophomore-year experience.