Academic Affairs Committee Enters the Blogosphere
In an effort to better connect with the students it represents, UPUA’s Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) has started a new blog to keep those interested up to date on their latest activities.
The blog is the brainchild of Sam Loewner, chair of the AAC. His goal is to get more feedback from students who may not be able to attend the committee’s weekly meetings.
I think this is a good move on the AAC’s part to create more transparency. This body represents every undergraduate student at University Park, and it makes decisions that affect everyone. Just last Thursday it was confirmed that all of those annoying SRTEs will be online by 2011. The committee is even working to possibly extend the semester Drop/Add period. Without this resource, I know I would have had no idea that was even being considered.
UPUA has fought for many years to be recognized as the official student government on campus, and this new site seems to be part of their larger effort to fulfill that role.
3 Responses to “Academic Affairs Committee Enters the Blogosphere”
It is great to see students using social media technology to build community and articulate a strong, mature student voice in the university. Sam, the UPUA and other student leaders like those active in the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council are demonstrating the power of new media.
Mo Raouda is a good guy, and I know for a fact that you are not Gavin.
For some clarity from the University Park Undergraduate Association:
We have no current official stance on extending or shortening the semester’s drop/add timeline. The blog post following the meeting noted that the discussions concerned the possibility for making the add period longer than the drop period by roughly 24 hours, allowing classes to be added without late-add paperwork. We have had no firm discussions regarding how this would be done, nor have the Academic Affairs Committee or the University Park Undergraduate Association recorded any legislation on this matter.
We look forward to exploring this important project with the University Faculty Senate’s Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid. As always, we’ll strive for changes in academic policy that benefit our constituents.
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