Sep 23, 2023  
2021-2023 University Catalog 
2021-2023 University Catalog

Institutional Goals


Institutional Goals

Saint Augustine’s University is a four-year baccalaureate institution with diverse fields.  Saint Augustine’s University offers a liberal arts foundation that sustains a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse, and rapidly changing world. Students, faculty, administration, and staff participate cooperatively in the overall teaching-learning process. Students participate through their desire for knowledge, readiness to acquire foundational and analytical skills, and in their potential to adapt to the demands of accelerated global change. The faculty facilitates by teaching and advising students, conducting research, and engaging in other professional development activities. The administration and staff generate and manage resources to support faculty and students. The coordination of all these resources relies upon a consistent and orderly approach to planning and assessment of institutional effectiveness. Institutional research provides data necessary to assess and improve effectiveness in student learning, faculty development, and resource management. To these ends, Saint Augustine’s University is committed to achieving the following goals:

1.    Recruiting, retaining, educating, and graduating students whose academic preparation has occurred in a diversity of economic, social, and cultural contexts;
2.    Hiring, retaining, developing, and promoting a professional faculty who possess skills and motivation to educate a diverse student body;
3.    Building student competencies in major academic disciplines on a General Education Program (GEP) foundation that ensures skills in leadership, reading    comprehension, writing, oral communication, Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) literacy;
4.    Fostering a climate in which students acquire knowledge, values, and skills necessary for success in a complex, diverse, and rapidly changing world;
5.    Providing and maintaining a broad range of library and learning resources, including information technologies and instructional support facilities, that enhance the teaching-learning process by offering exposure to various disciplines, cultures, and points of view;
6.    Providing effective leadership and management of the University’s financial, physical, and human resources to ensure that they are acquired, retained, allocated, and assessed to promote the stability, security, and long-term well-being of the University;
7.    Employing a comprehensive planning and evaluation system for all major aspects of the University, including assessment of the extent to which the students acquire competencies; the faculty fosters scholarship and creativity through varied approaches to teaching and learning; the administration facilitates the enterprise by effectively acquiring and managing financial and human resources; and the staff contributes to efficient operations by providing essential support services; and
8.    Conducting ongoing institutional research as a means of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information essential to effective planning and evaluation.

Accreditation and Membership

The fact that an educational institution is accredited means that it has met required standards and criteria of quality established by a recognized educational or professional organization.

Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

Questions about the accreditation of Saint Augustine’s University may be directed in writing to:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4007
Telephone number 404.679.4500

Normal inquiries about Saint Augustine’s University, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Saint Augustine’s University and not to SACSCOC office.

In addition to accreditation by SACSCOC, the University holds memberships in and/or is accredited by the:


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Council on Education

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of Episcopal Colleges
Carolina Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO)
College Entrance Examination Board
Cooperating Raleigh Colleges
Cooperative Education Association and Internship, Inc.
Council of Independent Colleges
Intercollegiate Music Association

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
North Carolina Council of Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU)
North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (NCAIR)
North Carolina Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
National Association of African American Honors Programs

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Society for College and University Planners (SCUP)
Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SAUUBO)
Southern Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SAURAO)
United Negro College Fund, Inc.

Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Policy

Saint Augustine’s University is committed to an educational and working environment in which students, faculty and staff can develop their full intellectual and professional abilities. Saint Augustine’s University welcomes to its campus students, faculty, staff, alumni, officials and members of the Episcopal Church, friends and other members of the community who seek to advance the mission of the University; pursue a higher education; improve personal and professional skills; and who wish to engage in Church or community service. It is the policy of Saint Augustine’s University, therefore, to provide educational programs, services, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status.

Saint Augustine’s University’s policy of non-discrimination shall apply to all programs and activities of the University, including student admissions, educational programs, non-educational activities, employment and other related activities covered under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. Information on the implementation of this policy and/or the statutes referenced should be addressed to the:

Office of the President
Saint Augustine’s University
1315 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610

Pursuant to federal regulations, the University may collect admissions and enrollment information by racial, ethnic and sex categories for reporting purposes. The provision of such information is voluntary, however, and is not used to determine eligibility for admission.

Title IX

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its programs or activites including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academics, athletics, career services, counseling and medical services, and employment. SAU is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our students, visitors, faculty, and staff. Members of the SAU community have the right to be free from gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct of any nature, including sexual harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, or sexual violence. To ensure compliance with Title IX, each University must designate a Title IX Coordinator to evaluate current policies and practices, coordinate efforts to effectively and efficiently respond to complaints of sex or gender discrimination, and ensure as much as possible that every SAU student and employee has equal education and employment opportunities. SAU’s designated Title IX Coordinator is the Director of Human Relations Compliance. For further information regarding Title IX, please contact Saint Augustine’s University’s Title IX Coordinator. 


Dr. Tiffany Tuma, Assistant Dean for the Center of Academic Success and Accessible Education, Title IX Coordinator, 919-516-4101 

Mr. David Bowser, Athletic Director, Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Athletics  919-516-4372

Individuals with inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may also contact:

The Office for Civil Rights, U. S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202, Telephone: (800) 421-3481, Facsimile: (202) 453-6012, TTY: (800) 877-8339, Email:

Commonly Used Academic Terms

Academic Load

The total semester hours of credit for all courses taken during a specified time-semester, summer term, or other special sessions.


A term applied to a school or specific program that has been recognized by some national or regional organization as meeting certain academic standards for quality and educational environment.

Add and Drop Deadlines

The latest date in a semester at Saint Augustine’s University when a course may be added or dropped from student’s class schedule with approval of advisor.


The process of being admitted to Saint Augustine’s University as a student with the opportunity to take classes.

Admissions File

The set of documents related to a request for admission to Saint Augustine’s University. The set contains the application forms and official transcripts of previous work in high school or college and may contain standardized test scores (SAT or ACT for freshman applicants), forms for international students, or other information required by the Admissions Office.

AP Examination

An Advance Placement Examination in a specific subject area available nationally to high school students from the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Obtain information on taking the examination from a high school guidance counselor. Information on Saint Augustine’s University course credit for these examinations is available from the Admissions Office.

Application Deadline

The date by which all documents required for the admissions file of a prospective student must be in the Office of Admissions.


Subject area examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Details and comparisons with the AP exam can be obtained from:
The College-Level Examination Program
Box 1821
Princeton, NJ 08540
Statements on acceptance of CLEP test scores for academic credit at Saint Augustine’s University are found in this catalog.


A collection of courses within a major which focuses on a particular subject area. The term “concentration” describes the nature of the set of courses.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students may submit evidence that they have met the student learning outcomes (SLOs) required for the general education or major curriculum through life and/or work experience (see section within).


The set of courses offered in a particular degree program. More generally, the course (in total) offered by the university. The plural word is curricula.

Degree Audit

A mechanism available to students and advisors to track one’s progress through their program of study.

English Proficiency Test

A test taken at Saint Augustine’s University prior to initial registration (but after admission) by international student to determine what English course must be taken at Saint Augustine’s University. This local test is in addition to the minimum TOEFL test requirement.


A student who is registered for 12 hours or more during a semester at Saint Augustine’s University.

General Education Program (GEP)

A series of courses designed to ensure mastery of core competencies that define the Saint Augustine’s University graduate.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

An average on the 4-point scale determined by dividing the total accumulated quality points by the corresponding total of hours of credit attempted. Certain grades do not influence this computation.

Honors Course or Section

A version of a regular course reserved for students with superior preparation for that course. Non-departmental enrichment or exploration course available to students from the Saint Augustine’s University Honors College.


The principal academic interest of a student as represented by the curricula offered by the various schools at Saint Augustine’s University.


A student has the option to declare a special interest of study outside of their major that is represented by one of the curricula offered at Saint Augustine’s University. The minor will consist of not less that eighteen (18) semester hours designated by the University’s schools. The minor interest will be indicated on student transcripts.


Sessions and programs designed to acquaint a new student with the facilities, policies, sources of information and assistance, academic programming and expectations, and the social atmosphere of Saint Augustine’s University.


A requirement to be completed (or a level of skill or knowledge to be demonstrated) before enrollment in a course.

Proficiency Examination

A test given to a student admitted to Saint Augustine’s University to evaluate knowledge or skills normally acquired through completion of a particular Saint Augustine’s University course.


An internal evaluation of a student’s academic standing is examined to determine if prior work is complete and if the student should proceed towards completion of the remaining degree requirements.

Quality Hours

The number of attempted hours, which qualify to fulfill graduation requirements and have letter grades A through F.

Quality Points

Saint Augustine’s University compiles academic performance records through use of a scale assigning 4.0 “quality points” per semester hour of credit for an “A” grade ranging to 1.0 quality point per semester hour of credit for a “D” grade.


The process of officially gaining entrance into one or more courses.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Minimum yearly progress towards a degree based upon the student passing a sufficient number of courses with a minimum required grade point average. The requirements for continuation of financial aid may be different than the requirements for probation/suspension.


The division of the calendar year used in academic scheduling at Saint Augustine’s University. A semester is approximately 4 months or 16 weeks in duration.

Semester Hour

The unit of academic credit at Saint Augustine’s University.

Special Design Major

The opportunity to design, with faculty approval, a flexible interdisciplinary curriculum. It is reserved for students who cannot find an established degree program that meets their special interests and career goals that cross disciplinary lines. This program of study is made available to students who satisfy the prerequisites.

TOEFL Examination

An internationally administered examination measuring ability to use the English language. Required of any international student applying to Saint Augustine’s University whose native language is not English. For information and to arrange to take the examination, contact:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 18540