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About Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning


520 O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-2700
Fax: (248) 370-3226


Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Interim Vice Provost
Darlene Schott-Baer Ph.D., R.N

Executive Director
Claire Rammel

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning is dedicated to academic excellence in graduate education at Oakland University and advocates for support for graduate programs and graduate students.


As the administrative arm of Graduate Council, Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning has responsibility for ensuring the highest standards in student admission; for providing academic records management, academic standing and degree services for currently enrolled students; and for the authorship, maintenance and oversight of graduate policy and standards that promote high quality in educational programs and curricula.

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning works with faculty, academic departments, and the deans of the College and schools to recruit and develop a graduate student body across the disciplines and professional fields reflective of academic strength and the University’s commitment to diversity, and designs programs to support student achievement and success. 

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning also partners with departments and University governance in program review, accreditation, registration, and evaluation efforts conducted locally and by external authorities, and thereby contributes to the ongoing campus-wide commitment to retention.

Profile of Responsibilities

Graduate Council – Academic Policies and Procedures
Graduate Program and Curriculum
Course Catalog and Development
Graduate Academic Program Review
Graduate Student Progress, Retention and Degree Completion
Graduate Academic Faculty and Program Services

Prospective Graduate Students
Graduate Recruitment
Graduate Admission Services
Graduate Guest Services

Graduate Readmission & Program Transfer
Plan of Study
Transfer of Graduate Credit
Petition of Exception
Graduate Assistants & Fellowships
Leave of Absence
Academic Standing, Probation and Dismissal

Dissertation and Thesis Service
Manage the application to graduate
Approve Final Graduate Degree Audits

Other Resources
Federal and State Notices

GS Staff Tools

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Darlene Schott-Baer Ph.D., R.N.

The interim vice provost for Graduate Education provides academic leadership and vision in the advancement of graduate education through the integrated process of strategic planning within Academic Affairs.

Dr. Schott-Baer serves as the administrative leader reporting to the provost and president on the expansion of graduate academic programs; provides support and direction in academic planning initiatives, while monitoring the quality of graduate programs in a manner consistent with the University mission.

The interim vice provost reports directly to the provost and is responsible for overseeing Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning is responsible for ensuring the highest standards, quality and integrity for graduate education at Oakland University.

Interim Vice Provost Schott-Baer joined Oakland University in 1989. She received her doctorate in nursing from Wayne State University and her research focuses on the caregiver experience. Prior to her serving as the interim vice provost for Graduate Education, Dr. Schott-Baer developed several master’s programs in nursing including the first Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the State of Michigan. She holds the rank of professor in the School of Nursing.

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520 O'Dowd Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401

(248) 370-2700 Fax: (248) 370-4114
(248) 370-2700 Fax: (248) 370-3226
E-mail Name E-mail
Carr, Lateacha allums@oakland.edu Booker, Danielle drbooker@oakland.edu
Coughlin, Lynn coughlin@oakland.edu Cordon, Theresa cordon@oakland.edu
Dotson, Dawn dotson@oakland.edu Delaney, Julie delaney@oakland.edu
VanderWijst-Puzzuoli, Truus vanderwi@oakland.edu Folken, Lynette folken@oakland.edu

For general application/admission process questions please use the Graduate Admissions Contact Form.

If you have questions regarding your program of interest, please contact the program coordinator/director. 
Fu, NingNing nfu@oakland.edu
Janssen, Barb janssen@oakland.edu
McCoy, Esther emccoy@oakland.edu
Mitchell, Evonne mitchel3@oakland.edu
Rammel, Claire rammel@oakland.edu
Rowley, Katherine kzrowley@oakland.edu
Schott-Baer, Darlene schottba@oakland.edu
Smith, Michelle mcsmith@oakland.edu
Truxton, Sharon truxton@oakland.edu
Tucker, Tina tinatucker@oakland.edu

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