Welcome back returning students and greetings to the newest members of the Ohio University family. I hope you had a good summer and find yourselves refreshed and energized to start a new academic year. My name is Zach and I am the newly appointed Academic Affairs Commissioner of the Ohio University Student Senate for the 2010-2011 academic school year.
As a commission, we serve as a representative of student opinion on academic matters to the faculty and administration; promote an educational environment that is conducive to the interest of students; address academic grievances; and review as well as recommended academic policies and procedures.
However, all of these things depend on your opinion as students. Have a problem, suggestion, or concern in regards to Ohio University academics? Feel free to stop by the Student Senate Office in Baker 305 Monday-Friday and voice your opinion. My office hours are 12:00-1:00 Monday-Friday. Student Senate also hosts “Student Speak Outs” each Wednesday night at 7:15 at our General Body Meetings located in Walter 325. We want to hear your voice so come on out.
Each respected college at Ohio University also has a Senator who represents the various colleges around campus. Whether in the College of Arts and Science, Business, Education, or Communications your college is represented within Student Senate by an individual that wants to get to know you. For this coming year the Academic Affairs Commission is looking further into our current Academic Advising Policy, the potential of an Online Syllabi Database, and the upcoming Q to S transition.
In years past, it has come to the attention of our commission as well as students around campus that our academic advising is less than acceptable. We want to hear your ideas and solutions to this problem. Throughout the year we plan on conducting a number of surveys and studies as to what can be done and then putting those solutions into practice.
In regards to every fall, winter, and spring hundreds of professors pass out thousands of pieces of paper with a brief break down of their respected courses. As a commission we would like to see all this information compiled online. Not only will this cut down costs on paper and printing fees but will also give students the ability to “shop around” and check out the courses before they pick them up saving the hassle of adding and dropping.
In addition to these projects we will be working on a number of smaller projects and activities including but not limited to Pizza with the Provost, Letters to the Learning Communities, and the Q to S transition so stay tuned.
Until then, I hope that each of you has a great fall quarter and an even better year. Just know that if you need anything that the Academic Affairs Commission is there so do not hesitate to ask.
Zach L. George
Academic Affairs Commissioner
Ohio University Student Senate