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The NUSSU Exco Welfare Cell oversees a variety of issues and concerns that affect undergraduates on a daily basis. The Welfare Cell is divided in such a way that each member oversees a certain aspect of student welfare. The Cell consists of 7 members (2 Deputy Welfare Secretaries and 4 Assistant Welfare Secretaries) and is headed by the Student Welfare Secretary.
The academic wing of the welfare cell deals with issues that are close to the hearts of every student – studies, modules and general education in NUS. The NUSSU President, Student Welfare Secretary and some members of the NUSSU Council meet and converse with NUS Board of Undergraduate Studies (NUS BUS) regular through bi-annual NUSSU-BUS meetings. The key objective of these meetings is to create a platform for student representatives to provide constructive feedback to the school administration based on students’ sentiments on academic issues. Likewise, it is also a platform for the school’s administration to update student leaders on the latest developments or initiatives related to Undergraduate Studies in NUS.
Some of the issues raised were:
(i) Proposal for Post-Final Examination Assessment Review (still in discussion)
(ii) Follow-up on Broad-based Education in NUS (i.e. S/U Options)
(iii) Calls for increase in transparency on selected Academic Issues such as the selection and retention of teaching staffs and the communication with polytechnics regarding curriculum.
(iv) Grade-less first semester / Grade-less ULR (still in discussion)
Results from the bi-annual welfare surveys pertaining to Academic affairs were also presented to the board during the meetings.
Current student members of BUS:
The NUS Provost Office set up a CORS Review Committee in May 2012 and the Student Welfare Secretary sits on the committee as a student representative. The committee aims to conduct a comprehensive review of the current CORS system, specifically to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement for the system and to consider potentially incorporating the Module Preference Exercise (MPE) function into the system in the near future. The Review Committee is expected to submit its report and recommendations to Vice Provost by 1st July 2013.
In the last term, NUSSU presented 3 main issues commonly faced by students:
(1) Gaps in the general operations of CORS and Bidding System
(2) Transparency of Module Information during the bidding period
(3) Inflation of points
The Board has provided clarifications during the session and has acted/are acting on some of the problems raised, contemplating on potential interventions to curb the issues. The coming semester, NUSSU Welfare Cell will be conducting a Focus Study Group during weeks 3 and 4 to harvest sentiments and information with regards to CORS so that we can present our findings and analysis to the board.
Current student members of CORS Review Committee: