Welcome to ASMSU’s Academic Affairs Department! We are excited to have students back on campus, and hope to engage the student body in our mission to improve the academic experience of all Spartans. One of the largest initiatives that Academic Affairs is tackling this year, in partnership with the MSU Hub, is college affordability. This includes, but is not limited to: textbook costs, other course material costs (i.e. buying materials for presentations), hidden attendance costs (example: having to buy Tophat), and assessing the factors that drive faculty to use the course materials that they do.
We will additionally work alongside the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education in their efforts to assess and improve undergraduate academic advising; it is crucial that students take this survey, and the Academic Affairs department will play a role in conducting focus groups with the student body during spring semester!
Lastly, the Student Caucus, ASMSU’s facet that ensures students are heard in the Michigan State University system of Academic Governance, will be working on reform of IAH and ISS courses as they go through Academic Governance committees in the spring, as well as a mechanism to implement mid-semester feedback from students to faculty.
If you have any interest in these initiatives or have suggestions or ideas about things YOUR Academic Affairs department can do to better serve you, please reach out to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dylan Westrin, at firstname.lastname@example.org ! She is always happy and willing to meet with students about any concerns they have.