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Academic Senate

Academic Affairs Committee's Charges


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The Academic Affairs Committee shall be the academic policy committee of the Senate and shall formulate and review all matters related to academic and educational policies and procedures. The Committee shall also serve as liaison with appropriate administrators and administrative bodies of the university. The Academic Affairs Committee shall consist of eight collegial representatives, each to be elected by his or her college, one member of the educational development faculty elected by that group, three members at large elected by the Academic Senate, and the Provost or his or her delegate (ex officio, voting).

  1. Determine whether revisions to Policy D7: Foreign Travel Programs are necessary, and if so, work with the appropriate offices on campus to suggest such revisions.
  2. In conjunction with Graduate Council and ICC, review Policy D 2 and D12 with an eye to:
    1. clarifying language related to residency requirement
    2. clarifying language related to amount of credit able to be transferred from a completed associate degree
    3. examining whether there should be a threshold for the number of minimum credits that should be taken at RIT in order for an RIT degree to be awarded.

  3. Determine if there is any faculty input into the evaluation of the admissions office. Included in this would be more transparency in how students are selected for admission, and how the promotional materials are developed, especially in light of RIT strengths in the area of design.

  4. Propose modifications of D8 and D18 in light of last year’s experience in implementation. Specifically look to better coordinate both policies and to clean up processes that have shown to be problematic in practice.

  5. Exercise oversight of the Honors Program, particularly in light of the new “core curriculum” being implemented this year, and report back to senate towards the end of the year.

  6. Following-up on the comments of the recent Honors program external reviewer Dr. Spurrier that Honors Admissions being soley determined by EMCS "is a marked departure from other colleges and universities," examine whether this should continue, is broader input from faculty and administration needed, and is the current procedure satisfactory?

  7. The AAC will take up the creation of an affiliation agreement which will determine the composition and rules of engagement for faculty who wish to work in one of the RIT Research Centers of Excellence.
    • RIT has designated research centers of excellence that must meet certain performance metrics in order to receive a portion of overhead return to meet their operating needs.
    • Performance metrics are based upon the performance of the faculty who are affiliated with the center.
    • We need to clarify who is affiliated with these centers, what will be required of an affiliate and what are their rights and privileges and their duties and responsibilities.
    • There is not a uniformed standard across campus and would like the committee to take charge of developing one.