Student Academic & Financial Affairs Committee (SAFAC)


2008-2009 Annual Report



Committee: Greg Corso (Psych), Cheryl Gaimon (Mgt) Executive Board Liaison, Mo Li (MSE), Patty Sobecky (Biol), Reta Pikowsky (Registrar), Augustine Esogbue (ISYE) CHAIR, Ruperto Perez (Counseling), Susan Burns (CEE),  Kirstie Champlin (Undergrad student), Tyler Jackson (Undergrad student), and Carl Yerger (Grad student)


The Committee met six times during the academic year, conducted various in between meeting assessments to respond to concerns of an urgent nature and performed the following tasks.


·         Reviewed the SAFAC class attendance report that was developed last year and concluded that no further gain would be achieved by awaiting additional responses or even expanding the study since most of the results were reasonable and additional spending and effort would achieve little if any.


·         We examined 5 cases for excused absences that created concern for faculty, student, administration as well as the Registrar who is also a SAFAC member and provided advice which led to their acceptable resolution. One involved a religious holiday excused absence request where the faculty felt that his individual course syllabus had adequately handled the absence but it appeared in violation of our Institute policy. The case was resolved because upon interaction with the faculty he made a judgment call to grant the student’s request. Other cases involved a student going on a week’s trip that was not Institute sponsored, an athletic department seeking early departure for a game which would allow them time to practice in an away game,


·         We visited the CIOS instrument being improved by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) for use in faculty course evaluation and explored ways to improve the quality of the process and their acceptability for administrative use.


·         We developed a set of topics dealing with financial aid for more detailed exploration by the Committee. These relate to ways to ameliorate the attendant impacts of tuition increases in the face of a depressed economy as well as a quick assessment of such financial aid interventions as “RAISE” on various associated subsystems.