Senate Decides on Academic Initiatives, Policy Modifications

January 31, 2018

Senate decisions taken at the December 1, 2017 meeting of the Senate:

 Academic initiatives:

 Advanced Certificate in Data Analysis and Advanced Certificate in Data Science

The Senate approved two new twinned Advanced Certificate programs, one in Data Analysis and one in Data Science (conditional on registration by the New York State Education Department). The first certificate program will provide a solid starting point in data oriented skills, while the second program will offer training in highly competitive and sophisticated data skills. The main aims of the twinned certificate programs are:

1) to provide students with cutting edge knowledge and skills that are highly demanded in any field of the current job market,

2) to increase learning and teaching efficiency by clarifying the structure of prerequisites in data science-oriented methods courses,

3) to facilitate inter-disciplinary work and encounters within CEU – both for students and faculty – by integrating ideas of data science with core CEU problem areas,

4) to increase the attractiveness of CEU by adding state-of-the-art data science methods teaching to existing graduate programs.

Policies:

All policies can be accessed online through CEU Document Repository at https://documents.ceu.edu.  Please remember to log-in with your Microsoft ID and password to be able to view the documents. 

Modifications to the Student Rights, Rules, and Academic Regulations

The Senate approved the following modifications:

-      A recommendation originally endorsed by the Senate as a pilot project in May 2016 allowing masters’ students to take up to four credits in elective courses per academic year from outside their academic unit without a formal approval, has now been incorporated into the policy (section 3.1);

-      Section on double-counting of credits has been revised to accommodate the changes resulting from the establishment of the Department of Economics and Business (section 4.3.2);

-      Annex 2: Credit Transfer Policy has been amended to include regulations on transfer of non-degree credits;

-      Annex 3: CEU Grading Scheme has been simplified to remove the grades that are either not being used or are being used interchangeably (in the latter case only one grade out of several in the same series remains);

-      Additionally, a number of ambiguities have been clarified, and some technical modifications have been introduced.

Modifications to the Institutional Assessment and Quality Assurance Policy

The Senate approved the following modifications:

-      In line with the draft Strategic Plan 2017-22, the Senate Academic Quality Assurance Committee’s mandate has been reviewed and enhanced, in consultation with the committee, to incorporate a meta-level curriculum review; review of departments’ evaluation criteria for re-appointment and promotion; review of research centers, and a range of other tasks (See Annex 1 of the policy for the detailed description of the new mandate). The committee’s new name is the Senate Curriculum and Academic Quality Assurance Committee (SeCur).

-      The Institutional Assessment and Quality Assurance Handbook that accompanied the Policy will no longer exist as a separate document. Instead, relevant sections have become Annex 2 (Strategic review of academic units) and Annex 3 (Annual review of teaching programs) to the policy.

-      Other substantive modifications include a more clear-cut requirement for all academic units with teaching programs to have a curriculum committee either at the level of the unit or the program(s).

-      Other modifications have been made for consistency and clarity.

Modifications to the financial aid application procedure

The Senate also approved modifications to the financial aid application procedure for the current application cycle (i.e. the cohort of students who will begin their studies in 2018-19). Under the new procedure, the applicants will go through a two-stage application process. In the first stage, successful applicants who have passed the merit-based admissions criteria will receive an acceptance letter from the CEU Admissions Office. In the second stage, accepted candidates who wish to be considered for CEU financial aid will be asked to submit the financial aid application form along with a personal statement. The Financial Aid Committee will make a  recommendation on financial aid allocation. The final decision will rest with the department or school. The Senate will closely monitor the implementation of the new procedure.

Appointments:

The Senate approved the appointment of Botond Koszegi to the title of University Professor.

The Senate approved the appointment of Aziz al-Azmeh to the title of Professor Emeritus.