Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1988-04-041
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It Rapunzel lets down her hair See page 5 Inside: Arts & Entertainment page 8 Classifieds page 12 News page 2 Opinion page 4 Sports page 9 Thinclads rack up bevy of firsts . See page 9 6: ASWSC Election '88 Guide See page 6-7 Weber State College Vol. 48 No. 49 V .rv ,iflX-.u'..!r.i : 7r- n 7j rv j-"" v h Monday, April 4, 1988 LJ J. t c 5. t . nw f 1 K - J -OK""- "j To fie vctor goes ffte spo's This group of children enjoy the fruits of their labors following the 2nd annual married students Easter Egg Hunt, held Saturday at the Practice Field. Blue skies and generally good weather highlighted the Easter weekend. (Signpost photo: Judd Bundy) Student enrollment at WSC Sprin g brea k blamed for lack ofstuden t activism (CPS) - American campuses, long a center of opposition to Pres. Reagan's Central American policies, have been mostly quiet in reaction to the president's deployment of troops to Honduras. The activists blame bad networking and even spring break for the silence. "It's a bad time," said Rose Hayslett of the University of Iowa Central American Solidarity Committee. "Alot of students are out of town on spring break." Opposition to the Reagan administration's Central America policy has rocked campuses practically since the president was first elected in 1980, and have gained momentum in recent years. Although students at a handful of schools. have protested since March 16, when 3,200 U.S. soldiers vere sent to Honduras after Nicaraguan troops allegedly entered that country chasing rebel forces, most colIegeGenJrat American groups have been conspirarttis&ce; "If anything, students are getting.' Wvq!ve in-community efforts rather than on carppusSaTdtKgh Byrne, the political director of the nilt in. Solidarity with the People of El SalvOT;'tSiiii1ijUfy groups are 'better prepared, to .respond to th.es escalations," he said. "Student groups arb less plugged into the national organizatins-calling forc!?iii . Ethan Yorgason News Editor If you are asked to think of a typical college or university student you probably will think of a young male or female, just out of high school, who is attending school full time. Twenty years ago this image might have been accurate, but it's not anymore. More and more part-time students are attending college, and more students (especially among these part-time students) are women who have come back to college to get their education. The National University Continuing Education Association (NUCEA) estimated that more than 45 percent of the 12.2 million students who enrolled in higher education institutions last fall enrolled on a part-time basis. The majority of these part-time students - about 74 percent -- were estimated to be adults over 25 years old. The same trends seem to apply at Wcbcr State College. "It's the same trend at Wcbcr as you have nationwide," said Richard Ulibarri, dean of continuing education at WSC. "We're getting more and more females and we're. getting more , part-time students." About 4 1 percent of Weber's students (about 5,000 of 12,000) are part timers. Weber State also has a significant minority of "older" students. More than 5,600 arc classified as non-traditional students. (The non-traditional label is applied for many reasons, but the largest reason, by far, is for age). Several factors contribute to the increased enrollment of these students. NUCEA lists growing numbers of: working adults pursing careers, families headed by single parents, college students from low-income families, new immigrants, retirees and displaced workers as reasons behind the trend toward more part-time students. Ulibarri credited the trend toward more older students to increased job retraining. "You're getting more adults because of the retraining needs," he said. "It used to be that an individual would assume that they . ' need advanced skills totethewprKi'.. wouia go tnrougn puDiic scnoois, conegfr or university,' get 'a job and remain at;thaj job through their lifetime. ' :, . : ' "Now, however, the estimates are that any one individual will have to retrain four to 10 times throughout his career." Kay J. Kohl, executive director of NUCEA said, "Today's job market is becoming increasingly more discriminating. Not only do individuals force: but also thendattt .cominuaiiy neea to return loiassrQom to keep space wUSietatiri'g technological change in M eri of intense competitioif in markets at home and abroad." There are also several reasons for. the increased number of women attending colleges. Ulibarri said the mairt reason is (see TRENDS on page 2) Weber's growth second highest in Utah Weber State is projected to be Utah's second fastest growing institution of higher education in the next decade, according to a recent issue of The Bulletin. According to information included in the Utah System of Higher Education 1988-89 Data Book published by the State Board of Regents, Weber State will experience a fall quarter growth of 3,419 students by academic year 1996-97, to reach a total enrollment of 15,196. Salt Lake Community College will see the most growth in the time period with 4,985 new students, giving them a population of 13,800. Utah Valley Community College will come close to Weber State's growth if predictions hold true with the University of Utah, Utah State, and Dixie growing respectively. The College of Eastern Utah in Price is expected to have the lowest growth rate, 584 students, by fiscal year 1996-97. The growth will not have much effect on how the institutions compare to each other in student body size, however. The University of Utah will continue as the state's largest institution with a projected enrollment of 28,108. Utah State University will have an estimated 15,889 with WSC coming in at 15,196. The two community colleges will hold fourth and fifth places in the system in terms of student body size. Dixie will pass Southern Utah State College in student population for sixth place, and CEU and Snow will come in eighth and ninth, respectively. Linda Collette, director of analytical studies for the Board of Regents, does the projections, and said those projections are based on historical data, student profiles provided by the State Board of Education, and input from the institutions. "Last year for the total system we were only 1.12 percent off in projections, and one percent of that was a sudden enrollment increase at Dixie College," Collette said. For Wcbcr State, Collette sees an increasing trend of larger student bodies. The reasons include an expanding number of high school graduates, many of whom are choosing to stay in the area rather than commute to institutions on the north or south, and increasing numbers of older students, she said. "Weber Stale's enrollment grows very slowly until 1990-91, but after that enrollments really pick up some speed," she said. Estimates show a 20 percent growth in the college's total enrollment between 1987-88 and 1996-97, she said. "That's substantial growth." The Regents' projections reflect what they call enrollment management, but do not take into account any enrollment caps or admission requirements that might come into affect at Weber State, she said. WSC's most current version of its mission statement.'does include the possibility of admission requirements, which would act to slow down those projections. The statewide totals fpr all higher ed student populations projects to jump from the 1986-87 total of 73,561 to a 1996-97 figure of 95,873, representing a 23 percent increase, states the report.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1988-04-04, Vol. 48, No. 49|
|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.|