UAH is governed by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees that vests authority in the campus president to lead the university. The president is assisted by the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; the vice president for research; the vice president for finance and administration; the vice president for university advancement and the vice president for diversity. The president, together with the vice presidents and the executive assistant to the president/director of government relations, function as the university's executive committee.
UAH is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Many UAH programs are also accredited by their respective accrediting agencies, including ABET Inc., the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Computer Sciences Accrediting Board (CSAB), the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
UAH has more than 330 full-time faculty members; 87 percent have terminal degrees in their fields. The FTE student/faculty ratio is 16:1.
UAH is on the semester system, offering a full program of undergraduate and graduate day and night classes throughout the year, including the summer.
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