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What do you think LSUA needs to do to improve student learning?
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1Apr 15, 2013 1:09 PMOf course I wish we had more money because it is hard to keep or attract quality teachers when there hasn't been a raise in five years.
2Apr 15, 2013 12:59 PMMaybe get more input from students and better morale and excitement from instructors
3Apr 15, 2013 12:29 PMI believe student's need more exposure to the University prior to graduating high school- rather it be an activity held by LSUA or a day for high school students to shadow an LSUA College student. Introducing the student early, I believe, will encourage them to attend and succeed.
4Apr 15, 2013 11:56 AM*Keep the tutors/SI instructors. *Build more campus morale with enthusiastic ventures. could be as simple as designing different parking stickers each year and starting the tradition of keeping them on through the 4-year education. This gives a good feeling to students; freshman up! *build a community garden behind the Epps House for students and one around the bell tower for anyone. *having mailboxes installed in the mail room; assigning students a mailbox thus creating enthusiasm as students retrieve gifts, mail, and admission letters, etc. This is assigned for 4-years without changing. Sense of belonging. *put someone over the arts that will press-the-limits; someone that is happy to be the leader of a great university and who gets out and shakes hands in the community. Invites the community and attracts students who want to build a healthy ART program. *For the attention needed in Sports: we need to have a weekly 30 min PEP RALLY in the Quad. *A dance class (something FUN) in the evening (about 4:45) would benefit students, staff and faculty. This would improve morale and enthusiasm.
5Mar 26, 2013 1:21 PMTake more interest in the students we interact with than the job role we fill. Removing ourselves from our high position status and seeing the student in need. Constantly remembering that students are the reason we ultimately accepted our position, and one that will determine our future more so than any other factor. To personally see to every students need that we can help with, and if our resources are lacking, to provide a direct connection to the person that can help. Not just throw the student in the general direction (department) of help and hope they hit the area that can best help them, like a dart-board.
6Mar 26, 2013 11:00 AMdon't offer classes all at the same time to graduate. don't let the professors choose times/days based on themselves, but on the student.
7Mar 21, 2013 12:44 PMOne area that needs to be looked at is the attitude of the facility - some have the attitude that we are superior - intimidation is not the way to get students to learn or even respect you as a facility member - therefore, your reputation as a professor is spread over campus negativiity
8Mar 21, 2013 10:43 AMI think we need to stop spending so much of our money on recruiting and going all over the place to "get more students" and focus the money here, on the current students. I have seen the recruiter schedules and where they go. Money is being spent on plane tickets and hotel rooms all over the country for what? Kids in California to come to Alexandria, Louisiana?! That is just crazy!!! Students who are here are struggling to graduate because our resources and fundings are going elsewhere. I have had to change my major three times because the classes and resources stopped being available or there became a lack of resources to keep it going. I also think we keep an extremely poor watch over our arts programs here. Some students want to stay close to home and still pursue their creative talents but LSUA neglects them. Why did we spend thousands on a darkroom that cannot be used? Why not let the students who want to learn get to learn it? We are a small school, so we may not have enough people to make a class, but we are also throwing away money by not using the equipment that was bought and put here. So let those students learn, have a 3 person class.
9Mar 20, 2013 9:35 AMMore programs and fun events that promote camaraderie among the student population. Coffee shop in library would make the library more appealing. Pep rally's every Friday at Noon in the Quad!
10Mar 19, 2013 10:07 AMoffer more tutoring and student services for those who need help
11Mar 19, 2013 8:40 AMFully recognize the students as "our customers" and provide personal attention to student (or prospective student) needs
12Mar 19, 2013 7:36 AMMandatory study skills class for all first time freshmen - first semester, no exceptions. High ACT scores and high school gpas do not equal college level study skills. Figure out how to teach algebra to today's students so students can pass the class in one or two times of taking algebra instead of 5 or 6 times.
13Mar 19, 2013 6:49 AMMore accountability from faculty.
14Mar 18, 2013 7:10 AMIntroduce new learning techniques for students with special needs.
15Mar 14, 2013 2:37 PMSetting up the campus environment so that we are providing "student friendly classrooms" will be a wonderful way to improve student learning. With some relatively simple changes faculty and staff can change what is sometimes a stressful, anxiety provoking environement into a much more relaxed and positive learning environment for all students. Students who experience symptoms related to "hidden disabilites" are oftne unable to maximize their academic performance because of anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, fear, etc...because the classroom is set up so that they are required to sit in a certain location in the room, or they are unable to leave the room when they need to engage in self-care without explaining or asking permission to leave. Helping faculty understand how they can produce an environment that reduces/eliminates these stressors whenever possible will improve student learning.
16Mar 14, 2013 11:26 AMLook out for the best interests for the students. Some are quick and independent, and others takes a little more attention to get up and running.
17Mar 14, 2013 9:26 AMWhen it comes to student learning, LSUA does a good job for the most part. However, more needs to improve retention
18Mar 14, 2013 7:18 AMSupport faculty with continuing education to employ innovative teaching methods. Also, find ways to support faculty who are passionate and effective. Find ways to keep best faculty on board.
19Mar 14, 2013 6:56 AMMore faculty, student, and interaction
20Mar 14, 2013 6:52 AMMake students more aware of the resources offered to them such as tutoring, counseling, etc. We need to get them more involved and invested in their schooling by maybe offering more extra curricular activities that encourages them to express themselves and make more connections on campus. The more they feel like this is a home away from home the more pride they will have in the school and therefore in their education.
21Mar 14, 2013 6:44 AMI believe that the first step would be to develop a more standardized General Education requirement that is the same across all curriculums. A solid foundation in the general education portion of a student's curriculum is the key to the overall learning outcome. The next thing that needs to improve is the support provided to all students and not just those students who need remediation or are struggling. It is time LSUA truly embraced it's status as a selective admissions 4 year university and quit functioning like a community college seeking to assit those students who didn't make it. Also, we could greatly benefit all involved if we implemented 2 additional courses into the General Education Requirement: 1) A new student/freshman seminar style course where students learned more about how to truly succeed in college. 2) A graduating senior course that focused on the transition from college to the workplace.
22Mar 14, 2013 6:42 AMmore study halls maybe take things like biol 1061 and divide up over 2 semesters make two programs of nursing - one just like the one now, and one that is longer and slower.
23Mar 14, 2013 6:41 AMStudents need challenging coursework where their critical thinking and writing skills are used. They also need to gain experience through service learning opportunities.
24Mar 14, 2013 6:38 AMNot sure
25Mar 14, 2013 6:21 AMIdentify and incorporate "BEST PRACTICES" from other LSU entities and other Universities in Louisiana.
26Mar 13, 2013 10:28 AMI feel that we are lacking a true student orientation program - a class - that all students take during their first semester of college. Things such as critical thinking skills, study habits, campus resources, student involvement, etc. can be address in much more detail than a 1 day orientation. I feel this would improve retention and help students get help in classes sooner.
27Mar 13, 2013 9:25 AMFaculty being more approachable when a student has an issue regarding the course/content/ or test. The Department chairs also taking the time to listen to a student concern, especially if more than one student has the same problem with a course.
28Mar 13, 2013 6:23 AMBetter professors who are willing to help and who thoroughly understand the material and are passionate about what they are teaching. This doesn't mean they HAVE to have a doctorate degree or even a master's degree in some cases. There have been plenty bright and helpful students pass through the classroom of LSUA that would likely be willing to teach in some degree as graduate assistants or something similar. Even if a full master's program wasn't offered on campus, simply offering some of the classes and allowing for graduate teaching in some classes or help with some classes would be beneficial. Also, those pursuing one of LSU's new online graduate degrees may be able to be accomodated on campus here at LSUA.
29Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM1. If nothing else, fix the roof of the library so that it doesn't leak on the second floor when it rains. Then remove the bisqueen that's covering approximately a quarter of the books on the second floor. 2. Replace the carpeting in the library, particularly the whole section around the reference collection. The carpeting in this area buckles each and every time we get rain, and I'm afraid somebody is eventually going to trip and fall and break a bone if something isn't done.
30Mar 12, 2013 2:22 PMMaintain quality instructors / faculty and keep the integrity of the classroom experience.
31Mar 12, 2013 2:01 PMRecruit student who want to learn and are truely seeking an education and not coming just for the financial aid and then drop out. Treat all students fairly and establish diversity in leadership and the student body.
32Mar 12, 2013 1:46 PMOur students come to us without all of the preparation that they need. Reading is a fundamental skill that affects all majors. Students need to be able to read both literally and inferentially to be successful in their studies.
33Mar 12, 2013 1:39 PMOffer more degrees that can be accomplished totally online. Offer more night couses, and weekend courses. Lower tuition
34Mar 12, 2013 1:39 PMFocus more time and energy in student communications. We should encourage students to ask questions and encourage our faculty and staff to respond to those questions in a timely fashion.
35Mar 12, 2013 1:31 PMProvide opportunties for experiential learning.
36Mar 12, 2013 1:28 PMProvide more educational majors online - students should be able to complete a majority of degrees online without having to visit campus. We are losing out prime enrollment to institutions that can provide a multitude of courses/degree programs online to assist the modern day student. The traditional learning environment has become the least desirable method to reach new and current students.
37Mar 12, 2013 1:26 PMHAVE FACULTY WORK WITH STUDENTS IN ORDER TO RETAIN THEM ENROLLED AT LSUA
38Mar 12, 2013 1:22 PMincrease library hours promote library more tutor at library have shelf copies of textbooks on reserve at library