Mandate from Policy B2.0:
The Academic Affairs Committee shall be the educational policy committee of the Senate and shall formulate and review all matters related to educational policies and procedures, with the exception of policies that are in the purview of the ICC and Graduate Council. The committee shall also serve as liaison with appropriate administrators and administrative bodies of the university. The Academic Affairs Committee shall consist of the following: one faculty member per college, each to be elected by his or her collegial faculty; three members at large elected by the Academic Senate; and the provost or his or her delegate (ex officio, voting).
1. Re-evaluate operational recommendations 1 through 3 in the “Steps to Establishing an Effective System of Student Ratings” report from 2013, in light of the research data and information collected since the implementation of SmartEvals in 2013.
2. Develop a best-practices white paper to encourage consistent grading, given the recent introduction of +/- grades and the acceptance that inconsistencies exist with alignment of letter grades to number grades.
3.1 Count the number of cases at RIT each year where issues or disputes regarding academic matters have not been resolved in the opinion of the petitioner (faculty, instructional staff, graduate/undergraduate students), with the petitioner having applied thorough and good-faith efforts, and exhausting all available informal and formal means to resolution. Hence recommend whether or not a university policy should be drafted to establish a University Academic Appeals Board (UAAB)
3.2 Draft a university policy that establishes a University Academic Appeals Board (UAAB) to address issues and disputes regarding academic matters that remain unresolved in the opinion of the petitioner (faculty, instructional staff, graduate/undergraduate students), with the petitioner having applied thorough and good-faith efforts, and exhausting all available informal and formal means to resolution.
4. Develop a white paper describing a standing "Research Committee" (with an appropriate name for the committee to be created) of academic senate, and bring forward the proposal as a motion for Academic Senate, along with a list of initial charges and ongoing responsibilities
5. Review RIT Policy D 2.0 https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d020 and modify as needed in order to clarify/update the amount of transfer credit allowable for an undergraduate degree.
6. Revise Leave of Absence policy, D02.1 and propose modifications, as necessary https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d021
7. Review policies Misconduct in Research and Scholarship C02.0 (last review (LR) 1996), Agreement for Commissioning of Educational Materials C03.1 (LR 2007), Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research C05.0 (LR 2011), Protocols for Academic Centers D01.6 (LR 2008), according to policy B05.0.
8. Review policy Diplomas and Degrees Certification D13.0 (LR 2013) according to policy B05.0.
9. Review and summarize the report from the OTG Task Force and make recommendations for revision, as necessary, Course Withdrawal Policy (D.05,IV) https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d050t and Probation and Suspension Policy(D.05.1 https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d051