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Mission Statement

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The Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation is committed to scholarship, service, and teaching through which we provide: (1) an educational experience with the overriding objective of preparing graduate students to become effective and ethical educators and counselors; scholarly practitioners who thoughtfully, equitably and imaginatively respond to educational problems and realize new possibilities; and (2) a service program for all Augusta University students that encourages the practice of critical inquiry and sense of social responsibility within one's own life and work by providing educational opportunities for actively seeking to understand and address issues of oppression, privilege and power in society; and create and sustain socially just and equitable relations in the world.

The emphasis of the professional preparation program is on integrating scientific knowledge, pedagogical theory, skill acquisition, and application into a comprehensive educational experience. The educational program is conducted in an atmosphere that is open, concerned, and responsive to the needs of students and the community.

To accomplish this goal the Department collaborates with professional associations, local P-12 schools and other educational institutions, as well as area counseling and health service and community organizations. An additional emphasis of the Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation is to promote the life-long, creative commitment of Augusta University students to their own growth and well-being as well as to that of others through education that works toward creating a more just society and peaceful world. A student so educated has gained the knowledge and skill necessary for cultivating such optimal physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal, social, and environmental wellness and transformative work.

Additionally, the Department strives to ensure that the missions of the College of Education and Augusta University are realized.