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Faculty and Academic Program Support

Mission

The mission of FIT's Faculty and Academic Program Support (FAPS) unit is to provide exemplary consultation and direction to faculty and Academic Affairs in the areas of catalog development, curriculum administration, online learning, career and internship studies, academic advising, faculty development, academic and administrative program assessment, institutional research and services related to tenure, promotion, student evaluations, and reappointment. 

Exciting new projects from faculty and academic program support include:

Career and Internship Center:

  • Beginning in Spring 2017, students will no longer be required to "pass" their online orientation before they are assigned to a counselor. This simplifies the registration and preparation process for students seeking to participate in a credit-bearing internship.
    The Career and Internship Center is moving towards a one-center model for career development to better serve FIT students and alumni.

Center for Excellence in Teaching:

  • The CET is participating in the testing of Workspace, an internal SUNY alternative to Facebook, to promote faculty conversation about teaching.
  • CET Teaching with Technology Certificate all-day immersion program was held on January 23, 2018
  • On November 13, the CET hosted a real time virtual tour of the Asia Museum in San Francisco with museum curator and Professor Kynghee Pyun.
  • CET event, Get Published!, with FIT faculty presenters and Glasstree Publishers, was held on November 2.
  • The CET has taken over management of SUNY Professional Development Center points to promote increased faculty attendance at SUNY conferences and training activities.

Curriculum:

  • The office of Curriculum oversaw a large volume of curricular actions over the Fall 2017 semester. This included 181 course-related actions, 8 degree program-related actions, and 11 miscellaneous actions including the addition of 3 new academic minors. In addition, the office entered 383 course learning outcomes into the CourseLeaf Curriculum Inventory Management system (CIM).
  • In Fall 2017, the Carnegie Math Pathways program transitioned from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to WestEd, a national nonprofit education research and services devoted to improving educational outcomes for children, youth and adults organization. The move comes as Quantway/Statway experienced tremendous growth and is indicative of the Carnegie Foundation’s mission, to provide a platform from which innovative new practices and programs can be initiated and tested before transitioning to larger organizations that can support long-term growth. Carnegie will continue to provide technical services and serve as a formal advisor to the program. Currently, there are 5 Quantway sections running in the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Academic Affairs and Admissions are working collaboratively to ensure academic degree program eligibility webpages are synced to the most up-to-date curriculum.

Internship Studies:

  • The first HD111-0L (Career Planning - Online) course is underway in the Fall 2017 semester.  The first blended internship course, IC497-BL, is being offered for Spring 2018.
  • As part of a Diversity Council event grant, the Internship Studies Department hosted two "open house' information sessions for non-traditional age (NTA) students on Sept. 14, 2017.
  • IN-dustry, a shadowing and professional development club, sponsored by the Internship Studies department, was approved on Nov. 13, 2017 and is set to roll for Spring 2018. The club is inclusive and interdisciplinary - open to all majors and all years. IN-dustry's pre-launch event will be a visit to Good Housekeeping Research Institute's testing laboratories at Hearst Tower on Dec. 8, 2017.

Institutional Research and Effectiveness:

  • Working with Student Affairs staff, IR&E conducted the second annual student satisfaction survey for Fall Orientation. Survey invitations were sent out to 2,085 students with 683 responding, for a 33% response rate. Seventy-four percent of respondents gave Orientation an overall rating of Good or Very Good. Seventy-three percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that "Orientation helped me feel connected to FIT."
  • Working with Enrollment Management, IR&E has developed an enrollment forecasting model, which will help us better understand year to year changes in enrollments by specific categories of students and to predict future enrollments.

Online Learning:

  • Emerging Technology at FIT: visit this website to submit and review recommendations for innovative technology that has the potential to enhance student learning or faculty research.
  • Online courses continue to prove popular, and the number of courses available online grow each semester. This semester, we have 238 online for-credit sections running, up from 222 last semester. Blended courses are growing steadily as well, with 32 courses now approved for Blended delivery. Blended courses are half online and half face-to-face.
  • The office trained 7 new instructors to teach online this semester. The training consisted of 2 full-day workshops plus a six-week online training that allowed the instructor to explore units and participate from a student perspective. The office worked with faculty on curriculum for 6 courses that have never been offered online before and will run in the online format next semester.
  • The Office of Online Learning recently re-designed our rubric for certifying online courses, utilizing the SUNY OSQCR and Quality Matters rubric. All new online courses will meet the criteria of a 42-point checklist with a focus on student engagement, accessibility, faculty presence, and overall course quality. This rubric will be used in a refresh program in the spring, inviting established online faculty to use this new rubric to re-certify their online courses.
  • The Office of Online Learning and Academic Technologies has hired a new Online Learning Manager, who will focus on course quality and innovation in FIT's online, blended, and Web-enhanced courses.
  • Tamara Cupples, Executive Director of Online Learning and Academic Technologies completed a certificate from the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, a leadership development program from the Online Learning Consortium and Penn State.
    Online Learning/Academic Technologies is regularly collaborating with IT on efforts such as Virtual Reality, a Wearables event, and Emerging Technologies groups. 

Student Academic Support:

  • Tutorial services will now be provided for students participating in the FIT in Italy program (Milan, Florence). Students now have a choice to receive tutoring by the faculty in Italy or in NY through our online system.
  • New approaches have been implemented to engage students who need to submit their SAT/ACT or take the Placement Exam. This initiative was developed in an effort to assist students in staying on track for graduation. 
  • The Academic Advisement Center will extend opening hours on Mondays and Thursdays during peak advisement times every semester.
  • Academic Advisement continues with the Early Alert pilot which increases the ability to reach out to students when needed and advise of academic resources available.

 

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