Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-11-221
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Friday, November 22, 1985 VJ L-J Vol. 46 No. 18 ., X; v 3 CiuMCu lip GW- aAat J atb cdAH dsytd r6b uhJu J) UU64W td -uncL suet For more on Dr. Dix Cloward's trip to China, see page 5. Faculty approves calendar system by Loretta Park Ass't News EditorGov't Affairs The ad hoc committee on evaluating calendar systems submitted their report to the faculty senate yesterday. A survey was conducted of faculty and students across campus, according to Dr. S. Craig Campbell, chair of the committee. Questionaires were sent out to faculty members, and approximately half answered, Campbell said. Forty percent of those who answered "strongly agreed" that Weber State should retain the quarter system and 12 percent "strongly agreed" that Weber State should change to the semester system. The committee surveyed 537 students across campus. An attempt was made to survey a lower division and an upper division class in each school, Campbell said. The results-showed 42 percent "strongly agreed" that the college should retain the quarter system and eight percent "strongly disagreed." "There is no evidence at this point as to which calendar system is best academically for enhancing the learning process," Campbell said. Campbell asked the administration to consider the energy costs by faculty and the financial expenditures necessary for a change from one system to another. The report will now be handed over to the administration, and they will consider it before making a final recommendation to the Board of Regents in January. The faculty senate also passed a proposal that would lower the score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from 550 to 500. Utah State University, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University all require a minimum score of 500. Junior colleges don't require the test for admission to their school. Some foreign students who want to get around the test can attend a junior college, according to Dr. Gene Sessions, chair of the admissions and standards committee.Dr. Richard Jones, dean of the School of Education, and Dr. T.R. Reddy, chair of the political science department, were concerned that lowering the score would allow those students without command of the English language to enter classes they could not pass. Dr. Chole D. Merrill, child and family studies, said there are students who could not speak English and pass the test, and other students who can speak English fluently fail the test. WSC raised the score from 500 several years ago. Sessions said the English as a Second Language program came to the admissions committee and asked that the minimum score be lowered to 500 again. Open hour program earns recognition Weber State's open hour caught the eye of the National Association of Campus Activities and won the Golden Key Award this month. The award was presented to a WSC delegation in Los Angeles before 400 other delegates during the annual Far West Regional Conference. This award is granted annually to the outstanding program with an educational focus in universities and colleges of the western United States. Open hour was initated by last year's senate and by Craig Jacobsen, former ASWSC academic vice president. It was endorsed by the faculty after much controversy. The WSC open hour was cited specifically for its unique approach to create an atmosphere- which fosters the best in co-curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences. Partnerships with student government, faculty and staff on both formal organizational levels as well as informal levels were singled out for special recognition. Weber State's open hour program was selected over other finalist programs from UCLA, UC Davis, Arizona State, Cal Berkley, UNLV and tiie University of Utah.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-11-22, Vol. 46, No. 18|
|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.|