The SGA Academic Affairs Council is a group of students that actively work with administrators to voice student opinion regarding decisions affecting all areas of academic study. All students attending Auburn University are here to receive an education and our job as the academic affairs council is to make that process as reasonable and worthwhile as possible. If you see something that is preventing you from achieving your potential in class, find that you have insufficient resources available to you in order to learn effectively, or have ideas about how to make the Auburn undergraduate experience better then get in touch with your student government so that the academic affairs team can fight for your interests.
Below are a few of the things that last year’s Academic Affairs Council accomplished:
- Undergraduate Research Board: SGA founded this board in order to promote Undergraduate Research on Auburn’s Campus. This group hosted the undergraduate research opportunities fair that gave students the opportunity to meet faculty willing to work with undergraduates on research projects in a variety of departments and colleges.
- National Prestigious Scholarship Symposium: This event provided students with a panel of successful Auburn students selected for honors including two Rhodes Scholar finalists and a Mitchell Scholar in order to discuss the process of applying for nationally prestigious scholarships and what Auburn faculty can do to help.
- Fall Break: Last year, the academic affairs council, along with Student Government executive officers and Auburn administrators, worked on gaining final approval of a two-day fall break for the 2014 fall semester
2013-2014 Projects, Goals, and Initiatives
- To promote academic resources and tools available to students that improve their educational experience as well as performance inside and outside the classroom.
- Programming: This year the academic affairs council will be hosting the second annual prestigious scholarship symposium and undergraduate research opportunities fair to provide students interested in national scholarships or undergraduate research with the information and direction they need to accomplish their goals.
- Additionally, the academic affairs team will be working with administrators to create more effective study space, easier to understand class registration procedures, and a Academic Affairs app in order to easily communicate Auburns various academic services.
It is important to mention that the ideas and goals outlined by the student government academic affairs council is determined by the recommendations and complaints of all students. Last year break became a reality because students responded to surveys and voiced the overwhelming opinion that a break was wanted and needed. Faculty and administrators are willing to work with students, and the student government has worked well as an organized voice for the student body, but the first step is knowing what the students want. Reach out to the academic affairs council, to your school council president, or your student government senators and let them know what needs to be changed and this council will do everything we can to see it done.
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