Mandate from Policy B2.0:
10.2 Committee on Academic Support and Student Affairs. The Committee on Academic Support and Student Affairs shall have the responsibility to monitor and review the aspects of the university that support education and teaching. Examples of areas of academic support include the following: academic services; computer services; cultural programs; and museum and library services of the university. The committee shall also be responsible for policy recommendations relating to the academic aspects of student life and to review questions and policies related to the quality of student life. Faculty members from the committee shall also serve as liaison for the Senate with appropriate administrative officers, committees, and councils of the university, and, when appropriate, shall act in conjunction with the Academic Affairs Committee in the formulation of policies and proposals to be submitted to the Academic Senate. The 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; four student representatives, including the president of Student Government or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting); the provost or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting) and the vice president for Student Affairs or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting).
Charges for AY2017 -
- Explore the costs and benefits of a fellowships office at RIT and make a recommendation to the Senate regarding the creation of such an office.
- Evaluate the need to extend the admissions window to 1.5 years and investigate possible modifications to the application-to-admission timetable.
- Regarding Final Course Grade Dispute Policy, make appropriate changes to policies related to D17.0 to address issues with references to the Academic Appeals Sub-committee. Make necessary changes in order to revise inconsistencies in Policy D08.0 and D18.0.
- Investigate the will for RIT to become a "Sanctuary Campus".
- Investigate what elements students need to be centralized in RIT's electronic course management system and whether to require faculty to use RIT's electronic course management system. Identify the barriers for more widespread faculty use and write appropriate policy, as necessary, for full senate review.
- Assess how well faculty needs are being served by ITS. Investigate the appointment of a Faculty representative, "ITS Liasion" for the university or for each college as part of the review on committees (ASEC 5 2017-18). (This charge (originally ASEC charge 7) was approved to be moved to this committee on 9/21/2017).
- Investigate policies at other universities regarding a minimum time for students to consider job offers and make a recommendation concerning whether RIT should have such a policy.
- Several other universities have a policy that requires employers to give students a specific minimum time to consider offers (and receive competing offers). It appears to work well for their students, so it might work well for ours as well.