The Keene State College Senate held its 456th meeting in the Mountain View Room on Wednesday April 6. KSC President Anne Huot discussed this year’s admission process and how it is different from previous years. The Senate also discussed and voted on curriculum policy changes.

Huot thanked the Senate for its help changing the Nursing Program’s curriculum. She said that the recent curriculum program was “out of cycle” and that she appreciates what the senate did “in helping to move forward.”

Huot also mentioned that applications are down for KSC, but that admissions are up. She said this is a good thing because people who the school would otherwise not admit are not applying in the first place. “Interest in the college at weekend visits, admitted student days, these things are certainly more robust than ever before,” Huot said. “This is a serious academic place.”

Senator Kemal Atkins went on to discuss a variety of headlines involving Keene State’s academic success.

According to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Kemal Atkins, the Keene State College Job Fair was a “great success,” with over 98 employers showing up and over 300 students participating.

Atkins said Friday April 8, will be the third admitted student’s day of this year, and that 200 students are scheduled to attend. Senator Atkins also said it is getting closer to student decision time and that he appreciates the faculty’s support.

The LEC All-Academic Team was also announced, and 35 of the students on the team are Keene State students with GPAs over 3.0.

The senate voted to implement the change in the By-Law proposal that would move the responsibility of conducting the school faculty senate representative elections from the Dean’s office to the Senate Vice Chair.

The senate discussed a series of ISP policy changes that include the change that one of the two required ISP courses for each major, must be completed at KSC. This allows flexibility for students who wish to study abroad. This policy change will be voted on at the next senate meeting.

The senate made changes to the Academic Honesty Policy, specifically changes to the sanctions and the language of the policy. Students who are suspended for violating the AHP are now not allowed to take credit hours. Suspended students are now allowed to access library materials. The vote passed unanimously and will be effective immediately.

The next senate meeting will be held on April 27.

Marc Apesos can be contacted at mapesos@kscequnix.com