Academic Administration is a branch of university or college employees responsible for the maintenance and supervision of the institution and separate from the faculty or academics, although some personnel may have joint responsibilities.

​​Key Responsibilities:

  • ​Key administrative responsibilities (and thus administrative units) in academic institutions include:
  • Supervision of academic affairs such as hiring, promotion, tenure, and evaluation (with faculty input where appropriate)
  • Maintenance of official records.(typically supervised by a registrar in the college is in charge of all non academic matters)
  • Maintenance and audit of financial flows and records.
  • Oversight of student life and activities, such as religious or cultural groups, career centers and public service centers.
  • Maintenance and construction of campus buildings (the physical plant). 
  • Maintenance of the campus grounds.
  • Safety and security of people and property on the campus (often organized as an office of public safety or campus police)
  • Supervision and support of campus computers and network (information technology).
  • Fundraising from private individuals and foundations ("development" or "advancement").​