Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs Committee is dedicated to any and all things related to your academic career here at Mac! We are here to represent you in areas relating to policy, practices, and proposals of an academic nature. We also address areas relating to admissions and financial aid, academic buildings and facilities, the academic advising system, and tenure/personnel policies of the faculty. 


2015-16 Members: Chris Pieper '18, Saakshi Daswani '18, Caroline Duncombe '18 (chair), Marco Hernandez '19, Andrea Grimaldi '16, Carl Liu '19 (not pictured).

Meeting Time/Location: Sundays 6:00 - 7:00 pm,  MCSG Office

AAC Chair Office Hours: Sundays 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Mondays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm , Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm

If you have any suggestions or particular issues you would like the AAC to address in the coming year, please do not hesitate to or drop by the MCSG office (2nd floor of the campus center) during office hours! 

The AAC shall represent the student community in the following areas:

  • Curriculum and academic policy questions
  • Relations with the faculty, including tenure, personnel policies, and faculty awards
  • Academic support services, such as the advising system and library services
  • Admission and financial aid policies
  • Course and faculty evaluation process
  • Study abroad/away policy
  • Student academic life

    The 2015-2016 Academic Affairs Committee has identified the goals below as strategic avenues to serve the student body. We believe that by tackling these issues, the student body as a whole can benefit while enriching their academic experience at Mac.

    If you have any ideas, requests, comments or want to join us in any of these projects, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    • Improve syllabi and course information availability online
    • Expand academic building hours/work on student study spaces
    • Expand Textbook Reserve Program
    • Continue conversation on extending instructional days/study days
    • Course and tenure evaluations
    • Reconcile library/campus center laptop policies
    • Organize and coordinate the alumni fair


        Quick Links

        Find out more about the Textbook Reserve Program, see a list of textbooks on reserve, or request that a textbook be purchased as part of the program.

        Visit the Macalester Registrar's website for academic calendars, class schedules, and more. 

        Make sure you're on track to meet Macalester's graduation requirements.

        Not sure what counts for certain requirements? Double check the list of current Courses that Satisfy General Education Requirements 

        Join over one-third of current Mac students who use the MAX Center, the perfect place to turn for guidance and advice when it comes to writing papers, getting chem or math help for tricky classes, or general study help.

        Access a helpful link or resource from previous classes via the Moodle Archives. 

        Double-check other ACTC school calendars and find other resources to help you in your off-campus class on the ACTC website.

        AAC Around Campus

        Members of the AAC hold various roles on committees and councils across campus in addition to serving on the MCSG Legislative Body in order to enhance and enrich a variety of academic experiences for all Macalester students. Committees that have traditionally included an AAC rep include:

        Student Learning Committee – Kelsey Larson, Noah Nieting / Nora Wu
        Library and Media Services – Angelica Lin, Qiuhan Su
        Classrooms and Learning Facilities Advisory Committee – Jinath Tasnim, Cole Ware