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  • 1. June Agenda
    The Academic Council
    June 24, 2010
  • 2. Background
    Concerns were derived from the Office of Research and Constituent Insight’s first general survey on academic concerns on February 2010 and the Student Academic Council.
    Some highlight data: 65% finds XU’s grading system reasonable. 79% say they are attaining their academic goals in Xavier U.
    You can view the entire report at
  • 3. Transparency/ Well defined grading System
    Some teachers are reported to have negative reactions if consulted about the students’ grades
    Do not religiously follow consultation hours set in the course outline
    Do not return quizzes
  • 4. Recommended courses of action:
    Short Term
    • Department Chairs ought to remind their teachers on the importance of consultation hours
    • 5. Enhance the already existing mechanisms for complaint and a culture of reasonable feed back
    • 6. Encourage teachers to build communication channels to students (via text, e-groups, email etc)
    Long Term
    • Highlight teachers who are models of transparency
    • 7. Penalties for teachers who do not set consultation hours in their course syllabus
  • Suggestion of Integrating IPP in Textbooks/Instructional Materials
    Report shows that the articulation of Jesuit education is somehow lost after freshmen year (particularly the FFP)
    The CSG finds it a need to integrate (even informally) the basic Ignatian tradition in a daily class room setting
    Teachers should be also be “co-formators” thus it is important that they operate in the context of the IPP
  • 8. Recommended Courses of Action
    Short term:
    • Regular inclusion of a reflection essay in major exams in the context of the subject and its social implication
    • 9. Float the idea in the faculty convocation that teachers should highlight certain Ignatian values while teaching (repetitio)
    Long term:
    • Develop the Service Learning Program of the different courses to deepen learning
    • 10. Most lesson plans be based in the IPP model ( experience – reflection – action)
  • CSG