Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-01-201
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O Weber State College Tney trotted their f way info fie heart of the Ogden community. For 1 the review of the v Globetrotters game, see page 7. t Vol. 44 No. 25 Friday, January 20, 1984 f i f - s a. r i i t a t I 6. 3 3tJ ift J y t J 1 l i u u ' -r-- . I j ' .... ; - .... ,v...? Cheating At Weber: Faculty Speaks Out Despite the heavy snowfall during the past few months, the campus parking lots, roadways and sidewalks have been relatively 'clear and accessible. Buildings Signpost photoBob George and grounds personnel, along with student workers, labored straight through the winter break to keep the campus clean. Pres. Brady Says Budget Trimmed To The Bone by Kathy Kendell Gov't. Affairs Reporter WSC President Rodney H. Brady stood before the committee on higher education last Monday and listed Weber's top funding priorities as salaries, salaries, salaries, etc. The total funding request exceeds $38 million dollars. Dr. Brady titled his funding request package "Bottom Line Management." He stressed that effective management is the key to success for business and that the principle applies to higher education as well. Dr. Brady's presentation indicated that his philosophy has worked well at WSC. Since 1978, Weber's administration has improved productivity by 25 percent, in spite of the fact that enrollments have increased. Dr. Brady's assistant for governmental affairs, Robert DeBoer, stressed that oro-ductivity increases can only go jo tar. "You always work for ways to skinny-down your operation; however, we are now to the point where we are hurting quality." DeBoer pointed out that very few businesses could boast of a five percent productivity increase a year. "Industry would be happy if they had a one percent increase (in productivity), and yet for the past five years we have posted a five percent increase." Representative Marv Heslop (D), Ogden, was impressed with Dr. Brady's productivity gains. Heslop, a member of the higher education committee, felt that such an accomplishment spoke well of Dr. Brady's efforts. "It takes a lot of effort to improve productivity at the same time enrollments are increasing," said Heslop. "The fact that Brady could do it reflects well on his own and his staff's efforts." Rep. Heslop also pointed out that fuel and power consumption at WSC have declined even though real costs of these services have increased. 'The fact that these steps have been taken demonstrates a real concern for keeping costs in line," said Heslop. Speaking of Dr. Brady's presentation overall, Heslop termed it "excellent and interesting." However, the presentation itself does not guarantee the success of Weber's budget request. According to DeBoer, the legislators do recognize that the need for a funding increase is there, especially in the area of salaries. WSC's faculty salaries are seven percent below those of com-sce "Budget" on page 5. Editor's Note: This is the second part of a three-part series exploring the problem of cheating at Weber State. In this installment, WSC faculty addressed thisproblem. by David Wright Staff Reporter On the issue of cheating, a dichotomy was found to exist in the opinions of those faculty members questioned. The professors were about evenly divided as to whether or not cheating was a problem. Those from the English and math departments feel there isn't a general problem with cheating at WSC. The English and math professors felt that in their own departments cheating was a minor problem. The five English professors interviewed felt that they have a handle on the problem. Mr. Loughton from the English department said, concerning term papers; "so long as you monitor note cards, research, and the rough draft, cheating can be minimized." He also said that term papers can be compared with work done in class if there is a question as to their authenticity. "I've had some minor problems but don't consider it any worse than any other place I've taught." Dr. Lee Badger Dr. Neila Sescachari, also of the English department, said she encourages research and will help the student get started. She also uses a "working bibliography" as a check on the progress of the papers. From the math department, Dr. Lee Badger said, "I've had some minor problems but don't consider it any worse than any other place I've taught." Dr. Richard Miller, also from the math department said, "I believe there are test files but I make my old exams available to all students so they begin on an equal basis." He added, "The biggest type of cheating I see is someone looking on someone else's paper." From the school of technology came very different feelings about academic dishonesty. Because of the nature of the assignments and the courses themselves, the general opinion is that it is much easier to cheat and get away with it. When questioned about the selling and sharing of computer programs, Dr. Leonard Nicholas said, "Yes, that's probably true. Because of that, I don't grade heavily on the programs; I try to give an examination that will test the students' ability in class." Nicholas also felt that class size is a problem. "Our classrooms are designed for fewer students," he said. To encourage his students to learn the material rather than resort to cheating, Nicholas tells them that "there will be a time when they will have to work on their own." When a program is written, the programmer inserts what are referred to as "programmer supplied names." These names identify various elements of a program. "If these names are the same on two or more programs then it would indicate the possibility of the program being copied," said Nicholas. "I would suspect that most of the program sharing would occur in the introductory course; the simplicity of the programs make it harder to detect," he added. According to the professors from COMIS, the Harris computers used by the department print the student's "password" on the screen. Someone seeing the password can then gain access to the student's "account" and copy the "file." That person could then extract the desired programs, and in the words of Professor Charles Critten-don, "doctor it up and turn it in." The policy on cheating for the COMIS department is currently being rewritten, but the instructors have the freedom to state their own guidelines. Dr. Crittendon said, "I put it in my syllabus that any student caught cheating will get an automatic "0" on the test." Dr. Leonard Doty of the department of Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) sits as chairman of the standards committee for his department. Concerning cheating he said, "I know it is going on and that we have a definite problem, but we have every intention of resolving the problem."Doty said that a student that has cheated even in a few classes enters the job market less prepared and that hurts the integrity of -the entire program. "It hurts an honest student's ability to get a good job," he said. Doty added, "We have seen the cheating increase and we are taking steps to stop it. The deptartment has a standards policy and we are trying to make all students aware of it." The policy of which Dr. Doty spoke was evident in a case last quarter when two students were caught exchanging programs in a numerical control class. The Manufacturing Engineering Technology standards committe met and reviewed the case. Because of see "Cheating" on pxige 2.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-01-20, Vol. 44, No. 25|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|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.|