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Faculty and Academic Program Support


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:

Academic Advisement:

  • 2016 marked the four-year anniversary of the Academic Advisement Center.  As of the opening, over 50 thousand student appointments have been successfully completed. 
  • 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.

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.

Internship Studies:

  • Marjorie Silverman, Chair of Internship Studies offers some advice for new graduates in a recent article for CommPRO: https://www.commpro.biz/mastering-your-first-year-what-every-new-grad-needs-to-know/
  • In Spring 2017, 686 Internship Studies students are enrolled in 33 internship sections, and 2 HD 111 Career Planning sections. An online section for HD 111 Career Planning has been approved for Fall 2017. 
  • In partnership with the Photography department, Internship Studies hosted a LinkedIn Head shot session for students on November 10, 2016.

Center for Excellence in Teaching:

  • In partnership with the Information Technology (IT) department, the CET is participating in the development of an iPhone-based, virtual safety tour for Jewelry Design's jewelry lab.
  • The CET is participating in testing of Workspace, an internal SUNY alternative to Facebook, to promote faculty conversation about teaching.
  • On November 13, the CET will host 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.


  • In Fall 2017, the Art Market MA degree will shift from a four-semester to a three-semester program.  This will increase curriculum flexibility in the program.
  • Academic Affairs and Admissions are working collaboratively to ensure academic degree program eligibility webpages are synced to the most up-to-date curriculum.
  • The Curriculum Office is working with Stony Brook University (SBU) on behalf of SUNY Korea to identify Stony Brook courses to be taken on the SUNY Korea campus, that will fulfill SUNY General Education requirements for students enrolling in the Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management AAS degree programs, scheduled to start in Fall 2017.

Online Learning:

  • Emerging Technology at FIT: visit this new website to submit and review recommendations for innovative technology that has the potential to enhance student learning or faculty research.
  • Institutional Research informed the office that 83% of all students who graduated in 2016 had taken one or more online courses.
  • Online courses continue to prove popular, and the number of courses available online grow each semester. 213 online courses are currently running in the Spring 2017 semester, up from 193 courses last Spring. 
  • Nearly 50% of all FIT courses are now using Blackboard. Three new technologies related to the Blackboard system have been rolled out; Collaborate, which allows anyone on campus to conduct a live or recorded webinar, Qwickly Attendance, which enables instructors in face-to-face courses to take attendance, ProctorTrack and Remote Proctor Now for proctoring solutions.
  • Online Learning/Academic Technologies is regularly collaborating with IT on efforts such as Virtual Reality, a Wearables event, and Emerging Technologies groups.