The Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is UNL's Chief Academic Officer and is UNL's responsible authority in the absence of the Chancellor. The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor is charged with helping UNL achieve excellence across all areas of the academic enterprise through oversight of undergraduate teaching and learning; graduate mentoring; faculty development, promotion and tenure; resource allocation; strategic planning; and the development of innovative academic initiatives that will be recognized as unique signature strengths. The Senior Vice Chancellor's office is responsible for the administration, coordination, and development of general policies and functions applicable to all academic programs.
The UNL academic deans and colleges, other than those in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, report directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Those deans represent Graduate Studies; the College of Architecture; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Business Administration; the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts; the College of Education and Human Sciences; the College of Engineering; the College of Journalism and Mass Communications; the College of Law; and the University Libraries. The Office works in cooperation with the Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which has oversight of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. UNL offers 136 undergraduate majors, 76 master's degree programs, 39 doctoral programs, and six professional degree programs.
Other entities coordinated by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor are Undergraduate Education Programs; Online and Distance Education; Education Abroad; the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management; Nebraska Educational Television (NET); and the Public Policy Center.