Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-11-301
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Jl LJ will the 'Cats slam-dunk Friday, November 30, 1984 Weber State College Vol. 45 No.16 the AggleS this Saturday? IDEA Survey Divides Faculty by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series dealing with the IDEA teacher evaluations. This installment deals with teacher reactions to the IDEA survey. The end of the quarter brings grades for students, and for faculty. New this year is the IDEA faculty evaluation. At some point in the year, full-time faculty are required to have two of their classes evaluate them with this form. The decision to use this evaluation form was first passed by the faculty senate on Oct. 26, 1984. It was then put to a faculty vote. The results were 142 for, 135 against, with approximately 75 percent of the faculty voting. According to Dr. Dick Rogers, chair of the faculty senate, there are mixed reactions about the evaluation. Dr. Gerald Grove, chair of the English Department, said, "Basically, my feelings are that, although a college is an institution by which the student is given the necessary tools and criteria for gaining knowledge, curriculum is not the same from department to department some are very logical, some are very analytical. When a single device is used for evaluations, some (department) are at an advantage, some are at a disadvantage. There should be some autonomy within the departments in developing evaluative instruments." Grove said the English Department has refined their evaluation form over 30 years and they're still not totally satisified with it. 1 - -- ' "The IDEA form is much too long. Students feel they must rush through the (46 question) form instead of stopping and thinking about certain questions . . . with any (evaluation) instrument there will be some discontent. Instructors will want to change or update it ... to go out and buy an instrument is acting rashly," Grove said. Question six of the IDEA evaluation form asks, "Does the instructor give examinations which stress unnecessary memorization." Students are asked to respond, "1 -Hardly ever, 2-Occasionally, 3 -Sometimes, 4 Frequently, 5 -Almost always." Grove said this question, "begs the question. It's strictly yes or no, there's no room for response." He feels there is no room for individual differences between instructors.He said, "With our instrument, the teacher is able to see areas for improvement. You just can't get that with a patented form." Dr. Reed Stringham, dean of allied health sciences, said, "We have always had extensive peer evaluations plus student evaluations . . . IDEA, as far as we're concerned, is another way of doing the student evaluations. We'll use IDEA to see if it is, in fact, a better evaluation form." Dr. Dennis Travis, dean of natural sciences, said, "The faculty senate has approved the IDEA process. We're going to use it." Dr. Mike Orenduff, dean of social sciences, said, "I very strongly support student evaluations. The IDEA evaluation ought to be one we look at, along with others. My faculty is strongly united against having the same form campus-wide. We should have an in-see "IDEA" on page 2. 1 1 ... V ' J . . 1 1 V 1 ' if- Convocation speaker Lois Marie Gibbs speaks with interested students about toxic waste. Gibbs presented her story Sigwposl photoJeff Bybee about her experiences with toxic waste yesterday during the ASWSC-sponsored convocation. it .-it Even with the middle bar removed, students find the going tough as they strain to pull this huge pine through the UB doors. Organizations across campus Signpost photoJeff Bybee participated in the tree decorating contest, held last Monday night. Students can see their efforts on display in the UB lobby. Student Bills Pass Assembly by David Oswald Staff Reporter Students from Weber State College submitted some of the key bills during the Utah Intercollegiate Assembly (UIA), held at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City, Nov. 14-17. Members of the UIA were made up of students from all 11 Utah institutions. At Weber, the participating students were from a political science class, held every fall quarter. The class, "Practical Politics," is taught by Roydon O. Julander, political science professor. The UIA is a mock legislative session, set up exactly like the state's legislature. Students involved in this project gain valuable knowledge and insights into the legislative process. Each school has two senators and a number of representatives, propo-tionate to the school's population. The representatives and senators sent to the convention were elected by their class members. Representatives from Weber State included: Steve Johnson, Curtis Breitweiser, Carl Lehnhardt, Dave Felt, Kelly Miles, Craig Jacobson, and Jon Southwick. The two senators from Weber were Jeff Noland and Monette Hurtado. Noland was elected president pro-temp of the senate and Hurtado was elected as president of the senate. Also present were Brad Howell, former speaker of the House, and Greg Richins, former president of the senate. According to Eugulio Alejandre, Hispanic student senator, five of the eight bills submitted by Weber State students were passed during the mock-legislature. Some of the bills will be lobbyed to appropriate legislative bodies. These bills include: Kelly Miles submitted a Tuition Refund Bill. This bill would allow tuition refunds to all state college and university students who drop out of school due to an illness or hospitalization. A review board would be set up by each school to receive petitions and decide on refunds. This bill will be presented to the Board of Regents for consideration.A Tenure Revision Bill was proposed by Monette Hurtado. This bill is designed to reevaluate the tenure of professors at state institutions every seven years. This bill will evaluate those professors having tenure to see if they maintain teaching standards. Jeff Noland initiated a Police Officers Training Bill, which allows police officers (or potential officers) to certify at state colleges and universities.A Financial Aids Information Bill was introduced by Curtis Breitweiser. This would allow public and private newspapers to publish specific scholarship and financial aid information prior to the start of each school year. Alan Stout suggested a Central Utah Water Project Bill, which will act as a reminder to the state legislators to complete the project within three years.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-11-30, Vol. 45, No. 16|
|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.|