Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-11-071
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Vol. 35 No. 11 Weber State College Nov. 7, 1975 v - I I :.' Dr. Dello Dayton: Weber offers "I . . . have a keen sense 'some classes are .ft 'college is preparation for living" J 1 V of faculty problems" overcrowded' quality education' by Mary VVoodhead Editor-in-Chief "If WSC students are reaching dead ends in their lives, then we are failing at our job." Dr. Dello Dayton, recently appointed vice president in charge of academic affairs also said, "I have a great deal of respect for liberal education. ..if one is liberally educated, he has been taught how to find answers; how to be adaptive. ..then he won't get into dead ends." Dr. Dayton's appointment "Whether we're welding or teach concerned w came as a result of dissatisfaction by the faculty with past administrative policies. His appointment was one of a number of chaLges suggested by the Board of Regents to help clean up "administrative deficiencies." Dayton said that he thought he was chosen for the job because of his former position as Dean of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. He said, "there was a feeling that I would have a keen sense of faculty problems." He attributed many of the past problems between the faculty and the administration to inadequate communication. He said, "that's been recognized. ..the lines of communication are now more open and there should be more faculty input." He also said that working with the faculty would be a major part of his job. He said he would be concerned with "the well being and progress of the faculty." He is also concerned with the progress of the college as a whole. Referring to Weber's role as a "comprehensive college" he said, "it is difficult for us to have outstanding programs in all areas, but it is possible for us to have good quality programs in all areas." Dayton also said that faculty salaries play an important role in the quality of education. He said "I don't think there's any question that it' wc raised our salaries we might attract and keep more competent faculty." "1 would hope that our salary is sufficient so that faculty members don't have to take a cut in salary to work here, but admittedly that happens." he added. He said that Weber is unique because it has assumed the role of a comprehensive college." He pointed out the advantages this has to the students. ' This philosophy gives students a chance to succeed according to his interest and ability according to Dayton. He said, "if a student at a strictly liberal arts college has problems either out of interest or ability. ..what does he do; where does he go?" Dayton said that this talking about er ed . . . I'm ith quality" philosophy allows Weber to meet the needs of the whole spectrum of its studentbody. However he did say that quality is still his major concern about the educational process; "whether we're talking about welding or teacher education, I'm concerned with the quality of the programs," he said. In response to complaints that Weber is more concerned with the number of students in a class than the quality of that class he said, "I don't think there's been any philisophical intention on the part of the administration to promote the numbers game at the expense of the quality of the program, but financially, numbers do have to be taken into Dayton said faculty salaries do influence the quality of education consideration." He added that he personally feels that some of Weber's classes are overcrowded and that he's "glad that we don't have larger lecture sections." He also said that Weber has a classroom teacher-student ratio of 1:22 which is low compared with many surrounding schools. Referring to the present system of student input into academic decisions he said that "philisophically teachers with training and experience have somewhat more to profess in this area than students do." He added that "student residence at a college is temporal and an institution is an ongoing thing." He was referring to the fact that teachers and administers are much more likely to take the long range etiects into consideration than would students who would only be at the college for four years. He did say however, "I think education is a cooperative process. ..we have to take the needs and desires of the student into consieration." He likes the present system where students have postions on all faculty and administrative committees as well as student government representation on the Institutional Council. Dayton said that he thinks any move to make Weber a University in the next five years would be a mistake because the college would probably not have the resources to make a quality University. Amoung the changes Dayton said he would like to make in his new position are to speed up the curriculum change approval process. He said that as a faculty member and as Dean of Curriculum he realized that the process for approving these changes was too slow to be fully effective. He also mentioned a change that will be made in the general education requirements. This change will involve the creation of a fifth group made up of "courses that meet the general ed. requirements but don't catagorically fit in the other four areas. ..interdisciplinary courses."He said that one of the advantages of education at Weber that he would like to emphasize is the flexibility of the programs that are offered. "Even in the major and minor areas we give the student options," he added. He said that Weber's new general education degree was a form of an interdisciplinary major which is another part of ihis flexibility. Finally he said. "I philisophically don't look at college as only serving as job preparation. ..it offers values that transcened job preparation. ..it is excellent preparation for living."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-11-07, Vol. 35, No. 11|
|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.|