Fall semester 2013 went pretty well with the Academic Affairs Committee and in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Over the summer the college welcomed a new dean, so as the senator for the CPHS I have been in contact with her about various different things throughout the semester and will continue this into the spring.
This fall I assisted with the ceremony to dedicate the new Johansen Lab within the college. Also within CPHS I have sat on our College Leadership Committee (CLC) and Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC), updating the college about things Senate is doing as well as being another voice for the students of the college.
The Academic Affairs Committee has researched a few different things this semester one being the posting of midterm grades (as part of the Senate 50 Goals), but decided to not move forward with this initiative. I also have been sitting on the Advising TIG, which is looking into improving academic advising across campus and this will continue into next semester. Our committee also planned the Academic Affairs Dinner this semester and gained valuable feedback from conversations between students and faculty. We gathered all the information together and are working to compile it to present to Faculty Senate.
Something else Academic Affairs is in the process of working on is helping to facilitate focus groups of students to gain feedback about the Drake Curriculum and the AOI program. Looking forward to continuing this semester and I hope to continue to communicate with my college through the various committees I serve on and address any other Academic Affairs issues as they come up. Another project that I am also helping to plan is the first State of the University Address. This will hopefully occur sometime prior to spring break and include reports from University President David Maxwell, Faculty Senate President Deb DeLaet, and Student Body President David Karaz. We want it to serve as an engaging event for students as well as faculty.
– Sen. Natalie Gadbois