Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-10-141
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(o) i J .(S3 WSC's G.P.A. rates low According to the Higher Education Summary, said Milton C. Mecham of Admissions and Records, Weber has a lower GPA average than both the University of Utah and Utah State. Mecham said that he did not think this reflected badly on the college, but contrarily, showed that WSC deans, dept. chairmen, and teachers "know what good grading practices are." Mecham said, that in 1968 an accredidation team came to Weber State College and studied the grading practices. As a result of this study, said Mecham, grading practices leveled off and tightened. "The truly brilliant student is an ever decreasing commodity, said Richard F. Bowdoin, acting dean of admissions at Bowdoin College. September's Issue of the Chronicle reported that the average scores of high school students on the Scholastic Aptitude Test dropped dramatically between 1974 and 1975, 10 points on the mathematical section., The decline, according to the summary, is the largest ever recorded by the College Entrance Examination Board, which has comparable data on the scores of high school seniors going back to 1956. Over that period, the average scores rose to a high in 1963, declined slowly from 1964 , through 1968, and have been dropping rapidly since then. D. Donaldson, counselor at Clearfield High School, stated that the lower scores did not reflect upon the High School; that, in fact, Clearfield High School has quit printing overall GPA's. Donaldson said that it would not be hard to obtain an overall GPA but that it would not be valid as "Vz of high school graduates don't go to college," he reported.Sam A. McCandless, program services officer at the College Entrance Examination Board, said that in most general terms the decline represents an increasingly difficult instructional challenge. Officials at the College Board, according to the American College Testing Program records, have determined that the drops in the scores are "real" in the sense that they have not been caused by some technical factor such as changes in the way tests are marked or increases in the difficulty of the questions themselves. McCandless said that the evidence suggests that there has been a decline in verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities among students in general. Weber State College's GPA has remained somewhat steady for the past three years, said Milton C. Mecham, of Admissions and Records. Comparable records from WSC were unavailable as Dean Dello Dayton, academic vice president, was not able to be reached for comment. 1 I ii 1iWVnf. vi 4 c M nftW m m i w A .t iA V nrl" ; t v U t wV '" i.V VtV-Wl" I nip. V I l - lUM 1 " Wl - AI'II " LkA u JkLJ i r .... .... .r & ,,, x V- - -. I 1 1 ' I - -J, ' if ..a 1- -1 I mm a I t m m m i I. t Ethnic funds insufficient Although they have received more money from student government than appropriated to them last year, leaders of the student ethnic groups are still not completely happy with their appropriations. Ray Salaz, president of the Los Estudiantes Unidos, the group representing Chicano students said "We cannot function on $200 for our emphasis week." He said that he intends to go back to the student executive council and ask for extra funding for emphasis week activities. All three defined student ethnic groups on campus, LEU, the Black Scholars Union, and the Inter-tribal student Indian organization spon- sor emphasis weeks as part of an attempt to share their culture with the rest of the studentbody. Salaz and Dwayne Carrington, president of BSU said that their groups are planning more service oriented projects for the students -1 this year. Last year, BSU sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner for those students who had no place to spend the holiday. Carrington said that this is an example of the kinds of projects that BSU is planning for this year. The dinner, which consisted of food that was supplied by free Ogden merchants, was free to the students who attended. photo by Stephen Matlow Carrington Speaks: Standing next to one of his own paintings, nowlv elected BSl' President Dwavne Carrington, explains what role his group will plav in the coining year. BSU has a total budget of $1,000, however, "they must bring in $500 of this themselves. Carrington said that he thinks this year's executive council will be more open to student needs, adding, "there isn't a lot we can do with that kind of budget ... they (student government) seem ... willing to work with us. " Carrington, like Salaz intends to go back for more money and like Salaz, wants the best program possible for the ethnic students, and on those grounds they will ask for the extra funds.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-10-14, Vol. 35, No. 4|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|