Academic requirements and regulations frame the relationship between the student and the institution. The student must abide by the academic requirements and regulations, in order to be eligible to earn an undergraduate degree.
Through Online teaching and learning, through discovery and the transmission of knowledge and through service to society, SAFIIT seeks to transform the lives of its students and to prepare them to contribute to the advancement of society and humanity. SAFIIT’s success will be measured by the contributions and leadership of its graduates in all sectors of society including business, politics, science, technology, healthcare, and education. Its graduates will be conscientious global citizens who take a responsible approach to the environment and natural resources.
Governing Council: Roles and Responsibilities
SAFIIT’s Governing Council (SGC) is responsible for advancing the mission of the institution, promoting and protecting its independence, academic freedom, and integrity as well as enhancing and preserving its assets for future generations. In short, the SGC is the steward of SAFIIT and is responsible for assuring all stakeholders that the education offered by SAFIIT is of the highest quality. Ensuring academic quality is fundamental to demonstrating institutional success, and the board is accountable for that assurance. The SGC’s responsibilities are guided by the following principles:
- The SGC is responsible for the strategic direction of the institution and insists on comprehensive, integrated institutional planning. The SGC has ultimate responsibility and full authority to determine the mission of the SAFIIT.
- The SGC is responsible for ensuring that policies and practices are in place and implemented to promote educational quality. Together with the chair advisors, the president, and the deans, the board ensures that practices for defining and assessing quality are current and used for continuous improvement. The SGC receives annual reports from the president on these policies, their results, and any changes needed.
-The SGC is responsible for approving and assuring that financial resources are committed to a high-quality educational experience. The SGC ensures that the university’s programs and resources are focused on the educational experience as a whole, not just traditional classroom activity.
-The SGC is responsible for the annual assessment of the president’s performance. Assessment of the performance will be measured against progress toward institutional goals and objectives.
Membership of the SGC requires good judgment in avoiding micro-management while remaining sufficiently informed to assess professional performance and institutional effectiveness. It calls for listening and questioning more than pronouncing or demanding. It requires a commitment to the institution as a whole rather than to any of its parts.
President: Roles and Responsibilities
The president of the institution is appointed by the SGC after approval by the Chairman and shall hold office at the pleasure of the SGC. The president is the executive head of the institution and responsible for guarding its interests and the supervision of all its activities. The president represents the institution before courts and in its other external relationships. The president submits, preferably at a regular autumn meeting of the SGC, a biennial report, every even-numbered year.
The president is a member of each faculty, may call special meetings of any faculty, preside at any institution, faculty, or department meeting, and appoint any committees as may seem appropriate.
The president has the authority to take whatever action is necessary to maintain discipline at the institution and to suspend any employee of the institution.
The president shall recommend to the SGC the appointments of the vice presidents, the secretary general, the deans, the vice deans, the institution librarian, and members of the councils of the faculties and research centers. The president will conduct annual performance reviews of all personnel reporting to him or her.
Deans: Roles and Responsibilities
The administrative head and academic leader of each faculty shall be a dean. Each dean shall be appointed by the SGC, upon recommendation of the president for a term not less than three but not more than five years. The dean is the guardian of all interests of his or her respective faculty. Deans recommend faculty appointments and dismissals to the president. Candidates for deanships are nominated to the president by a committee representing professors, teaching assistants, and students.
Each dean calls and presides over meetings of his or her faculty. The dean, after consulting with an elected committee of his or her faculty, appoints the members of standing committees of his or her faculty as may be established. Ad hoc committees may be appointed by the dean as required. The dean represents his or her faculty and, in cooperation with the vice president for student affairs, has joint responsibility for the welfare of students, professors, and teaching assistants. The dean also ensures that policies governing the conduct and discipline of students are enforced.
Deans play a leadership role in ensuring the high quality and standards of educational programs through the development and implementation of protocols for the assessment of student learning outcomes, annual performance reviews of all full-time professors and teaching assistants, and teaching evaluations of all courses. The deans also lead the promotion of academic freedom and academic integrity. The deans also ensure that equal opportunity flourishes in their faculties and that discrimination or harassment of individuals is not practiced or tolerated.
Each dean submits an annual report to the president summarizing the preceding academic year and setting goals for the next one.