In the Spotlight
We would like to highlight the contributions of two of our compliance partners in this April edition.
Dr. Robert Folger, a member of the UCF Compliance and Ethics Advisory Committee and Distinguished Alumni Endowed Professor in Business Ethics in the College of Business Administration, received the Pegasus Professor Award on April 5, 2017, at the UCF Founders Day Honors Convocation. Congratulations, Dr. Folger!
We are also pleased to note that UCF will be represented at the 2017 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) National Conference in San Diego this June. Alicia Keaton, Director, and Dawn Herrod, Associate Director, from the Office of Student Financial Assistance have been selected by NASFAA to present “Navigating the Sea of Academic Activity at a School Not Required to Take Attendance.”
The conference session will explain how UCF embarked on a journey in 2014 to implement a policy and procedure for documenting academic activity in courses to directly impact the disbursement of federal aid. It involved collaborating with university leadership for policy change, developing the least intrusive methods in respect to the academic freedom and burden on faculty, and nurturing a partnership between Student Financial Assistance, Registrar’s Office, Academic Departments, and Computer Services in order to construct and implement an effective system. The end result satisfied federal compliance requirements and has consistently yielded positive academic activity confirmation in more than 95% of more than 555,000 course enrollments each year, ensuring that eligibility for disbursement of aid was indeed based on courses in which a student was academically engaged.