Academic Affairs
Campus Academic and Student Support Council (CASSC)

Welcome to the Campus Academic and Student Support Council (CASSC) at the Kendall Campus. This council is dedicated to providing a forum for the discussion of curriculum, instruction, student support, and other academic matters. It also provides an opportunity for faculty, administrators, staff, and students to work together to better the institution.

The CASSC is charged with the following responsibilities:

  1. Formulate and monitor a comprehensive plan for the ongoing evaluation of the academic and student services functions of the College, which will assist in the institutional effectiveness and commitment of MDC.
  2. Develop and review policies and procedures related to academic issues, including: graduation requirements, assessment requirements, grading policies, and special course fees.
  3. Develop and review policies and procedures related to services, including: admissions, registration, financial planning, job placement, student retention, College-wide student aid, advisement, and career planning.
  4. Formulate plans and ensure coordinated development of new academic, transfer and occupational/vocational programs, both credit and non-credit.
  5. Review and recommend for approval all proposed curriculum changes, including new courses, new degree and certificate programs, and revisions to existing programs.
  6. Review and recommend for approval all changes in the Student Flow process, including the transition to information technology systems.
  7. Review and recommend policies and procedures in compliance with legislative rules.
  8. Undertake other responsibilities as assigned by the College Executive Committee.

Current Members (2011-2013)

Members to the CASSC are selected to represent the following groups: Administration, Faculty, Support Staff, and Students. All CASSC members are appointed, by the Campus President, for a term of two (2) years.

Administrators / Chairpersons / Directors

  • Rene Barrientos
  • Geoff Gathercole
  • Alicia Giovinazzo
  • Marta Junco-Ivern
  • Felix Alberto Lopez
  • Vicky Owles
  • Floyd Pittman
  • Lourdes Rassi
  • Tania Rios
  • John Steger
  • Michael Vensel

Support Staff

  • Carmen Liriano
  • Jacqueline Weitzel

Students (1 year)

  • Fernanda Ponce


  • Antonio Alfonso
  • Jennifer Basile
  • Kathleen Biache
  • Nannette Bibby
  • Hoa (Laura) Burrows
  • Amarilys Carmona
  • Michelle Cintron
  • Yanilda Espinal
  • Marta Goicoechea-Pappas
  • Vellisse Grimes
  • Kaiyang Liang
  • Larry Mailloux
  • Robert McGrath
  • Renae Midence
  • Sylvia Orozco
  • Alfonso Pino
  • Deborah Powell
  • Janet Roney
  • Amarjeet Sawhney
  • Jenny Saxton
  • Victor Sikah
  • Basak Tarkan Blanco
  • Hector Vazquez
To access the Kendall CASSC Sharepoint site click here.

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