Academic Affairs

Tai Arnold

Tai ArnoldAssistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for Academic Programs

Dr. Tai Arnold serves as Assistant Vice President for Academic Programs and holds concurrent rank as a Mentor/Associate Professor. She presently leads new and revised academic program development through internal and external consultation, design, and approval; manages processes for program accreditations; provides leadership on curricular diversity; and is developing processes for academic program review. 

Previously, Dr. Arnold served as the Director of Program Development and as Assistant to the Provost/College Ombudsperson. As Director of Program Development, she managed a variety of projects on behalf of Academic Affairs, planning and designing major college-wide academic affairs technology initiatives. She coordinated OAA work with the Office of Educational Technology; and recommended divisional priorities to academic affairs offices and the Provost. Dr. Arnold's other responsibilities included budget development and management, policy and procedures development, and communication with internal and external audiences. Finally, she oversaw academic publications review, college governance processes and the college’s student ombudsperson services.

As Assistant to the Provost, she evaluated and responded to student appeals, grievances and disciplinary cases; served as liaison for student concerns to SUNY counsel and student affairs offices, and facilitated student problem resolution. She developed and implemented a range of academic and student affairs policy and procedures, and provided training and guidance related the college's academic polices. She coordinated implementation and technology projects and managed technological resources. Additionally, she administered budgets, coordinated College governance support, administered student scholarship and award programs, and reviewed and revised publications with academic content.

Prior to joining Empire State College, Dr. Arnold served as the assistant to the Dean of the School of Education at American University where she coordinated enrollment management, academic advising, curriculum development and general operations. Before that she oversaw admissions and financial aid information services, document processing and record management operations.

Dr. Arnold's professional interests include adult learning and prior learning assessment, as well as educational policy. Dr. Arnold received her B.A. in psychology, M.A. in student development in higher education and Ph. D. in education (adult learning and higher education) from American University in Washington, D.C.