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Academic Senate

The best description of the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Academic Senate is contained in the Preamble of its Charter.

Article I. Preamble

The task of the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) governance must be apportioned and delegated among the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students of the university. The interdependence of these members of the university community and their delegated responsibilities establishes the basis for effective shared governance. 

It is the faculty's responsibility to lead in the formulation of recommendations relating to academic matters. The academic governance of the university provides for the exercise of the faculty's role in academic decisions, the protection of legitimate faculty aspirations, the implementation and preservation of academic standards, and the promotion of the academic welfare of students. It is the obligation of each member of the faculty to participate in these governance activities to the fullest extent possible. Each department or unit within the university is expected to have its own procedures for shared governance of its internal affairs. For academic issues transcending departmental concerns, the Senate is the forum for determination of faculty recommendations.

The Senate is primarily an instrument for members of the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) academic staff – the faculty. However, the interests of students and administration shall be considered in the deliberations of the Senate through the participation of non-voting, ex-officio members representing these stakeholders.

The RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Academic Senate is committed to ensuring the academic integrity of the institution and enhancing the role of the faculty in academic and professional matters.

Senate members:

Full Time

  • Besnik Bislimi – Chair
  • Mark Baskin – FT
  • Chad Briggs – FT
  • Venera Demukaj-Bislimi – FT
  • Edona Maloku - FT


  • Albina Balidemaj – Adjunct

Ex Officio Senate Members:

  • Sharon Hart, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) President
  • Daniel Cosentino, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs & Director of RIT Academic Programs
  • Andi Haxhiu, SG President

This web site includes the Charter, Policies that have been approved by the Senate, Minutes of the Meetings, Agendas, relevant announcements, and other information as it becomes available.

Last Updated: September 2015



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