Student Academic & Financial Affairs Committee


                            2006-2007 Annual Report    



   Committee: Greg Corso (Psych),  Cheryl Gaimon (Mgt) Executive Board Liaison,

              Mo Li (MSE), Patty Sobecky (Biol), Rita Pikowsky (Registrar),

              Augustine Esogbue (ISYE), Ed Omiecinski (CoC) Chair       




   The committee met four times during the academic year and in accordance with

   the Georgia Tech faculty handbook, reviewed policy and procedures for the GT

   Counseling Center and the GT Office of Success Programs.   


   The following people attended one of the committee meetings to represent

   their specific organization:


       Amy Stalzer, Iterim Director of Success Programs, gave an overview of the

       programs and services that her office provides.  Some of the program

       highlights included FASET orientation and transition, GT 1000 freshman

       seminar, academic tutoring, coaching and support.


       Dr. Ruperto Perez, Director of the Georgia Tech Counseling Center, gave

       an overview of the programs and services that his office provides.

       Features of the program included its accreditation by the International

       Association of Counseling Services, short-term counseling services

       provided to individual students at no charge, group counseling provided

       and outreach workshops organized on topics such as stress management and

       managing anxiety.


The committee also initiated and developed a class attendance survey. Assistance in developing the survey was provided by Alex Wang, the Chair of the Student Academics Committee of GT's Student Government Association, and his committee.  Class attendance (or non-attendance) appears to be an issue on campuses all across the country.  The survey consisted of two major sections. The first section contained 34 questions regarding issues that might encourage/discourage class attendance. The second section consisted of 9 questions, where we collected data about the number of classes that were skipped and associated information like class standing, college and GPA.   We administered the survey during spring semester to about 550 students and plan to continue the survey during the 2007-08 academic year.


At the end of the year, Reta Pikowsky (GT Registrar) raised some issues about the process of excusing student absences for GT sanctioned activities.  The committee had some discussion on the topic and agreed that the current process is not well defined and decided to fully consider the issue at the start of the 2007-08 academic year.