Audhesh K. Paswan, Ph.D.

College of Applied and Collaborative Studies (CACS), UNT's newest academic unit, offers students exceptional multidisciplinary degree options. We are housed at UNT at Frisco, UNT’s new branch campus, but we offer a mix of programs available in Frisco, in Denton, and online. Our world-class faculty harness the power of knowledge exchange to transform our students, our industry and non-profit partners, and the Frisco community. Knowledge exchange is the core of our mission — not just through traditional methods but also through meaningful experiential learning that prepares students to be career ready and achieve their academic goals.

In our rapidly changing world, knowledge is the driving resource, and disruptive technology is transforming the workforce and our everyday lives at an increasing rate. Some examples include AI, robotics, virtual reality, blockchain, space exploration, 3D printing, alternative energy sources, genomics and new ways of doing our day-to-day tasks. The effects of these on the way we live, work and play are exciting and full of opportunities.

Our experienced and caring faculty and staff are dedicated to guiding students as they pursue their dreams and become the innovative leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to engaging you in educational experiences that will help you accomplish your unique goals.

Audhesh K. Paswan, Ph.D.
Dean of College of Applied and Collaborative Studies (CACS)
Vice Provost, UNT at Frisco

Our Mission

To continuously provide opportunities for students to gain the skills that employers desire — not only by learning about them in textbooks or discussions, but also engaging in them directly through problem-based and project-based learning opportunities. Our courses and programs use case studies, real-world problems and projects to offer a genuine context as an integral part of learning. Our educational approach follows these four values:

  • Collaboration: We work across traditional boundaries, within and across the university AND with partners in the public and private sectors.
  • Community: We invest in public interest practices that prioritize ecological, social, and economic benefits for all.
  • Innovation: We reimagine and co-create the modern role of academia by encouraging professional confidence and mindfulness. We foster creative and promising futures for faculty, staff, students, and the communities they engage with.
  • Authentic Learning Experiences: We identify and craft learning experiences that combine liberal arts, data analysis, and design principles within the context of problems and projects that build professional skills that will get you hired.


College of Applied and Collaborative Studies (CACS)
Dean's Office

Shelly Beattie
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Office:  972-668-8680
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