Academics Committee Update – Dec. 16

Throughout the semester, the Academics Committee has been actively addressing student’s concerns within the realm of academics.  Earlier this semester, the Academics Committee had the privilege of meeting with Marquette’s interim provost, Dr. Margaret Callahan, to discuss the issues we have been working on.  Some of the issues we discussed include academic advising, concerns with academic technology and offering EMT certification courses on campus.

An issue with continuous room for improvement on Marquette’s campus is academic advising.  MUSG has been actively addressing this issue for several years and the university has been making consistent improvements for which we are grateful.  However, we understand that advising is a two-way street and, in order to have a meaningful advising sessions, students must be prepared for their meetings.  In light of this, the Academics Committee has been doing extensive research on the various advising resources available for students, as well as advocating for further resources to be created and made easily accessible to students.

Another major concern the Academics Committee has been working on includes issues with academic technology on campus. The two topics for concern are having professors utilize the grade book on D2L and keeping the program open after the end of the semester. Academics has been working closely with administration on both of these issues.

A third major concern the Academics Committee has been working on includes offering EMT certification courses at Marquette. We developed a survey to gauge student opinion on the issue and data showed a strong student interest for the courses to be offered. On Dec. 5, 2013, the Academics Committee passed a Recommendation for the Establishment of a non-credit EMT Certification Course on Marquette’s campus.  The recommendation was passed unanimously through the Senate and will be sent to various administrators on campus including Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Richard Holtz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Interim Provost Callahan.

The Academics Committee has various issues to work on this semester but is always actively looking to address more students concerns. We encourage any student with an academic concern to contact us.

Zack Wallace
Academics Committee Chair
College of Arts & Sciences Senator
zachary.wallace@marquette.edu


Academics Committee Update – Nov. 14

The Academics Committee is one of the four standing committees of the MUSG Senate.  The committee is charged with addressing undergraduate academic concerns on campus as well as helping to continue the numerous successes Marquette has enjoyed within the realm of academics.

The committee has actively addressed various academic related issues around campus.  One of our primary initiative thus far in 2013-14 academic year includes working to offer American Sign Language and EMT certification courses offered at Marquette.  In the coming weeks, MUSG will send out a survey to gauge student interest in taking American Sign Language and EMT certification courses.

Our committee has also continued to address the issue of academic advising through researching various resources for students and attempting to make them more accessible for students.  Through its research, the committee has found that several departments and colleges have developed advising guides for students. The committee hopes to encourage the colleges and programs that have not developed theses resources to do so and improve the accessibility of existing advising guides.

Our other projects include establishing consistency among Theology 1001 sections, assessing the first year English program, as well as investigating the possibility of an Art History Minor.  The academics committee has contacted the perspective departments involved with each respective issue and is actively working on propelling the corresponding action forward.

Another large issue the Academic Committee is addressing is concerns with D2L. The committee has been in discussion with one of the directors of the D2L program on improving various issues with the software. These issues include encouraging professors to utilize the grade book tool, keeping the program open after the semester ends and linking D2L with CheckMarq for final grades.

The Academics Committee has various issues to work on this semester but is always actively looking to address more academic concerns.  Our committee reached out to each academic council in the beginning of the year, but encourages any student with academic issues or concerns to contact any committee member or myself directly.

Zack Wallace
Academics Committee Chair
College of Arts & Sciences Senator
zachary.wallace@marquette.edu


Academics committee update – Feb. 25

The Academics Committee is one of the four standing committees of the Senate, and is tasked with improving the academic experience of the students we represent. In the past, our work has included working to universalize the “Clickers” that many science students use on campus, promoting D2L usage by Marquette faculty, and voicing support of the creation of a new Academic Integrity Policy.

We are currently focusing strongly on the broad issue of advising. This has included collecting many horror stories about advising from students, as well as meeting with the Provost to make sure MUSG and Marquette’s administration are on the same page moving forward. Our next steps have been to look at how advising relates to which Core of Common Studies classes students are taking. Our goal is to make the process easier for advisors, and get students in more meaningful Core classes.

Academics is always looking for new issues to tackle. We appreciate specific stories and examples, so that we can work on specific issues. Please contact us with any concerns.

Samuel Schultz
Academics Committee Chair
College of Arts and Sciences Senator
samuel.schultz@marquette.edu