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Guiding Principles

The Office of Academic Affairs is here to help Rose-Hulman’s award-winning faculty make a positive impact on students and the world.

What We Do

  1. Rose-Hulman puts the student first
    • maintain small size, small classes and individual attention;
    • provide active help and a general sense of caring support;
    • encourage interaction within the Rose-Hulman community;
    • emphasize undergraduate education while maintaining quality programs in graduate and continuing education.
  2. Rose-Hulman fosters the continued growth of all its community members
    • stimulate creativity, curiosity and intellectual excitement;
    • promote personal growth in students, faculty and staff;
    • encourage persistence, self-discipline and working to one's potential;
    • instill a sense of ethics and personal responsibility;
    • practice tolerance and encourage diversity;
    • broaden students through a rigorous liberal education;
    • prepare students for leadership roles;
    • promote scholarship, research and continual professional growth.
  3. Rose-Hulman provides an opportunity to develop the skills required of the technical professional
    • emphasize a systematic, rigorous grounding in fundamentals;
    • teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
    • emphasize hands-on experience and real-world projects;
    • develop communication, team and networking skills;
    • provide cross-disciplinary experiences;
    • encourage entrepreneurial thinking;
    • inculcate the habits of professional practice;
    • help students obtain undergraduate work experience by assisting them in their efforts to acquire summer internships and co-ops;
    • assist students in their efforts to find professional employment or further educational opportunities upon graduation.
  4. Rose-Hulman seeks continuous improvement in all its programs
    • strive to enhance our role as an innovator in technical education;
    • integrate cutting edge technology with cutting edge pedagogy;
    • continue rigorous assessment efforts;
    • provide state-of-the-art facilities;
    • practice careful stewardship, reducing costs while increasing quality
  5. Rose-Hulman contributes to society and fosters citizenship and service in its members
    • develop an understanding of the impact of science and technology on society;
    • encourage students, alumni, faculty and staff to use their talents for the betterment of society;
    • emphasize contributing to the profession and to the body of knowledge;
    • play an active role in bettering the community;
    • participate in business and academic partnerships;
    • foster economic and social development --regional, national, and global.
  6. Rose-Hulman maintains a collegial, collaborative, supportive working environment
    • create a workplace where everyone feels included, fairly treated, and secure;
    • support academic freedom; solve problems positively and develop institute policy through consensual methods;
    • promote open communication;
    • treat everyone equally and with respect;
    • support and cooperate with one another;
    • encourage innovation and risk-taking;
    • expect everyone to contribute to the institute's success;
    • retain a sense of humor and remember to have fun.

[Adopted at the Institute Meeting 11/9/99; modified at the 12/7/99 Institute Meeting]

Two female Rose-Hulman students sit on a bench and laugh.

Life at Rose-Hulman

Yes, life as a student at Rose-Hulman certainly includes hours of stimulating learning, hands-on experience and intense studying. But here's the thing - there's still plenty of time for building new friendships, getting involved in organizations and clubs and having fun.

Anne M. Houtman, vice president for academic affairs

Anne M. Houtman

Dr. Houtman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, joined Rose-Hulman in 2016 after serving as dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield. She also led the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2011-13.

Dr. Houtman earned her doctorate in zoology from the University of Oxford, a master’s degree in anthropology from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. She also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in 2015 and is also a Rose-Hulman professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering

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Office of Academic Affairs
Hadley Hall Room 204
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, Indiana 47803
Phone: 812-877-8208
academics@rose-hulman.edu