Meet the WSA Academic Affairs Committee, October 16, 2013
Wondering who brought you Wesleyan’s first Winter Session, better peer advising, and so much more? Meet the WSA Academic Affairs Committee (AAC), consisting of Grant Tanenbaum ‘15 (Chair), Nicole Brenner ‘15 (Vice-Chair), Rebecca Hutman ‘17, Ben Marvin-Vanderryn ‘17, and Jason Shatz ‘14 (not pictured).
It’s obvious from the title that their work has to do with academics at Wesleyan, but AAC’s job goes a lot deeper than that, allowing them to facilitate great change on campus.
Here’s a basic question: What does AAC do?
Grant Tanenbaum: The WSA Academic Affairs Committee is a body of students that studies academic regulations and academic life at Wesleyan. It looks for ways to improve regulations by studying other schools and reviewing policy. We also have a voice on the Educational Policy Committee and are keyed in on other faculty affairs, which does give us influence.
And how does AAC make sure it’s serving the students?
Grant Tanenbaum: I’d say a large part of our goals come from what we get from student surveys and what we hear from talking to other students. When we find an area of that’s weak or that needs improvement to further benefit students, we jump in to help.
Nicole Brenner: These are areas of academic life that [students] feel strongly about, and our job is about talking to the administration and faculty to see how policies can be made more beneficial to students.
Grant Tanenbaum: And it works the other way as well. The administration will come to us looking for feedback on a proposal, and if that proposal negatively affects students, it’s our job to voice that concern.
Want to hear about all of the amazing projects AAC is taking on this year and a little history of what they’ve accomplished in the past? Stay tuned for Part II!