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SGA: Potential Academic Changes and the Interim Dean of Students

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On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Wright State’s Student Government Association held its weekly meeting. This meeting was centered mainly on the new interim dean and new interim advisor, Eric Corbitt.

Potential changes for students

SGA President Stephanie Buettner met with University Provost Amy Thompson to further discuss the first-year seminars potentially being added to Wright State’s CORE courses. Buettner brought student concerns to Thompson’s attention, which they talked through. 

Students can bring up any questions or additional concerns to Buettner during her office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

Buettner and Thompson also discussed the possibility of a fall break being added to the fall 2024 semester as well as a new grading system. Both of these possible changes stem from what other universities in Ohio do. 

The fall break would be a two-day break in the middle of the fall semester, much like Ohio State University has. The new grading scale that may be implemented would be a slight adjustment to our current scale of A, B, C, D and F, allowing for pluses and minuses (i.e. A- or B+).

Interim Dean of Students

Eric Corbitt, director of the Student Union and Campus Recreation, was in attendance in his role as the interim dean of students. Corbitt has been with the university for almost 28 years. His career at WSU began with him working night shifts for Campus Recreation.

“At that time, my passion was for recreation and intramurals, but over the time here, it is more about serving students and working with students,” Corbitt said.

Corbitt is adamant that he would like to stay in his role as the director of the Student Union and Campus Recreation. Still, he is excited to be able to assist the students and the university by filling this role until a replacement can be found for Chris Taylor.

Corbitt also brought up a few projects that the university is currently working on. First, the university wants to remind students to fill out the Healthy Minds survey. The last day to fill out this survey is Oct. 30. 

The university is working on issuing an official statement regarding the Israel-Hamas war. Many university officials have made individual comments on the situation, but no official university statement has been released yet. 

The university is working on bringing more visionary planning back to its staff. The university staff is currently more focused on day-to-day tasks, and the university administration appreciates all that they do but feels there should be a more comprehensive view of what is happening on campus. 

SGA will meet again at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Student Union Atlantis A/B room. As it will be Halloween, SGA will be dressing up in costumes, and students in attendance are encouraged to join them.

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