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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. Work with Dr. Fernando Naveda and the Office of Academic Affairs to review the implementation of the SmartEvals system for student rating of teaching effectiveness. Report to senate at the end of the year on the implementation and address any potential areas of particular concern moving forward.
  2. Work with the Honors Program at RIT to provide Academic Senate with a detailed plan for implementing the new Honors Proposal in Academic year 2014- 2015, using the approved recommendations of AY 2012-2013 as a starting point.
  3. Work with Graduate Council to make comprehensive revisions to policy D5 (grades).
  4. Review RIT’s grading schemes for study abroad in which students earn 0 credit hour “S” grades for passing marks and 0 credit hours “F” grades for failing marks. In other words, is it fair to grade successful students on a different grading system than unsuccessful students while they are studying abroad?
  5. D9 (Policies on Academic Advising) was “unpublished” last year because the policy was so out of date with practice. This year the AAC should make recommendations to the senate to either draft a new policy, in which case you should work with the relevant offices to do so, or propose other alternatives, such as whether advising belongs in a policy to begin with, and if not, what are some alternative arrangements.
  6. Review policies D7 (Foreign Travel Programs), and D10 (Eligibility for Participation in RIT athletics).
  7. Conduct an initial evaluation of the Early Alert System (STARFISH).