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What do you think LSUA needs to do to improve student learning?
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1Mar 24, 2013 4:42 PMI think we need to be more intentional and thoughtful about it at all levels. On the front end we need to be making efforts to prepare students regarding college-level expectations before they get to us - working with high schools on that. At the freshman level, a few departments are now doing their own orientation courses, which is a start toward trying to prepare students for the shock of college expectations and giving them resources to help them succeed. That's a step in the right direction, but all departments should be doing something (BTW, I do not favor a one-size-fits-all USTY approach). I think the learning communities idea had some merit, but basing it at the Oaks didn't necessarily make sense since even our freshman population is still mostly commuter. It probably makes more sense to have that be departmentally based to reach more students. Every teacher needs to be intentional about his/her classes. It is too easy to just convey information without thinking about what one is doing in the classroom and how it relates to student learning. Our daily classroom presentations/activities need to be better planned to facilitate learning. It takes more work to devise every day's classes, but we need to do it and do it consistently. The attention that faculty pay to student learning and the time we spend working to better student learning, ought to valued and rewarded. Right now, if a faculty member spends a lot of time on something like undergraduate research or field experiences that really enhances student learning, there is absolutley no reward in terms of time credit, money, or even praise. The administration could look at changing some policies to create incentives for faculty to invest in student learning.
2Mar 16, 2013 9:25 AMIncrease retention and graduation rates Provide new programs Recognize that "business as usual" is not working and that change is needed Improve image in community
3Mar 15, 2013 12:02 PMI think we need to conintue to develop resources that can help students who struggle in baisc gen ed courses (e.g., Math 1021, ENGl 1001, BIOl 1161, CHEM 1001/1201). Our faculty members also need to do their part in making sure that students are aware of the resoruces that we have (free tutoring, supplemental instruction). Some faculty members also need to be willing to rethink some of their classroom practices, especially if their classes have high failure rates. I think that requiring a first-year experience course for all new freshmen would provide us with an opportunity to teach students some of the skills they need in order to be successful in thier classes.
4Mar 14, 2013 10:22 PMReview of outcomes across departments. Provide assistance to faculty with high failure or drop rates.
5Mar 14, 2013 11:59 AMWhat comes immediately to mind is to keep midterm week a week where students can focus on their courses and doing the best they can on their midterm exams. And, professors can focus on preparing and grading midterms...and submitting grades on time. This midterm week, many students received a notice that it had been noticed they had not been authorized by their advisors yet. This sent them a message that they had not done something that should have been done and they thought they had to see their advisors immediately. This has caused disruption in the schedules of advisors who need to focus on administering and grading midterms and instilled a sense of panic in students. All advisors had previously received an e-mail to contact advisees and schedule an advising session before March 22. Facutly members with appointments scheduled for next week have had students contact them saying they had to meet with them right away. All of this has brought disruption to the week of midterms. Perhaps ... instead send an e-mail to all students wishing them the best with midterms ... tips for success and ..... and a reminder that if you have not met with your advisor about your summer and fall schedules, to please do before March 22. If e-mail such as one sent needs to be sent to students, do early in the week after midterms.
6Mar 14, 2013 6:17 AMLSUA needs an experience for first-time freshmen that will orient them to the requirements of succeeding at a university. Furthermore, this must also be (re)designed for incoming transfer students who are older and have been out of a university-setting for several years (perhaps 5 or more).
7Mar 13, 2013 1:25 PMThe recruiting and hiring of a new aggressive Chancellor. The use of the entire LSU System to include the Medical Centers. Student enrollment must increase at least two fold or the institution will not be able to survive as a four year school. The school needs at least two to three student recruiters to go out to every high school in a 75 radius and actively recruit.
8Mar 13, 2013 5:22 AM1. Hire a registrar. One person cannot effectively manage enrollment management and being the registrar. 2. really look at faculty that are effective and productive. have the courage to have those that are not effective and productive to be counselled, given an employee improvement plan, and terminate if no improvement. 3. Seriously look at faculty salaries. This university cannot live by adjuncts alone. 4. A more Aggressive Student services director
9Mar 12, 2013 1:51 PMAssess what the major issue are if this has not already been done. Do we know why our students have problems? Is the problem an inability to read, understand mathematical concepts. understand the scientific method, etc.? If these are the problems we need to focus on these problems through maybe reading across the curriculum, math operations across the curriculum, understanding the scientific method across the curriculum, etc.
10Mar 12, 2013 1:34 PMStudents need to know how to use information resources and formally document their written papers. Students also need to know how to use APA, MLA, and other discipline-appropriate styles.