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The Provost’s Division provides the academic infrastructure and services essential for ensuring student learning, and supports the academic mission of the College by empowering faculty, instructional staff, and support staff.


  • Support the academic departments and programs in delivering instruction that is academically rigorous, achieves the student learning goals of the College and fulfills the requirements of majors, minors and other faculty approved graduation requirements.
  • Support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of a diverse and excellent faculty through mechanisms that are transparent, fair and equitable.  Oversee review, promotion, tenure, and compensation structures that provide appropriate support and feedback.  
  • Support faculty research and scholarly activity that contributes to faculty development, the creation of general knowledge and provides students with models and opportunities for practice in the academic enterprise.   Ensure that research practices are in compliance with federal regulations, state and local laws, College policies, and ethical standards. 
  • Through collections that represent centuries of scholarship, historic records on non-governmental efforts towards peace and reconciliation, and records concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), provide information resources for teaching, learning, and research, and support the discovery, evaluation, and use of these resources. 
  • Foster student capacity for thoughtful engagement with the world beyond Swarthmore by providing access and support for high-quality educational opportunities across the globe.
  • Prepare and motivate students to understand and engage issues of civic and social concern and, as active citizens of our democracy, to set their own paths towards shaping a more just and compassionate world.
  • Support the use of technology in teaching, learning, and research, and provide reliable technology infrastructures that supports the core College business functions.
  • Ensure that at every level of the College we have articulated our goals for student learning, are engaged in evaluating our effectiveness at achieving our goals, and are using the results of this work for decision-making, planning, and resource allocation that lead to improvement.