Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-10-041
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"I rJ? I s' Volume 38, Number 2 Grad program here by Nancy Bailey Weber State College will offer a Masters Degree Program in Elementary and Secondary Education beginning fall quarter of 1978, according to Dr. Tom Burton, assistant vice president for business affairs. The State Board of Regents passed a resolution implementing' the Masters of Education Program at their September 7 meeting. The resolution will be finalized and considered as policy at the October meeting "There are a few details as to wording and content to be worked out yet," Burton said. The Masters of Education Program will be funded by state appropriation and from student tuition and fees. It will be limited to Secondary and Elementary education only, and is designed primarily for the advancement of the "in-service teacher." Burton is the Chairman of a task force made of educators and interested parties which has spent the past six months studying the feasibility of the Masters Program at WSC. Other members of the task force include Dr. Blair Low, director of Student Teaching; Dr. Gary Carson, of the Counseling Center; and Dr. Roger Lawson, director of Economic Research. Dr. Blaine P. Parkinson, dean of the School of Education, was also a member of the task force. Parkinson said he had rarely seen so many members of the community rally behind a common cause. The legislature, the public schools, the School of Education, and non-academic community groups all helped promote a positive atmosphere for the implementation of the program, he noted. Favorable public opinion, national recognition of the existing Education Department, and an excellent local market were predominant reasons the Education Department was picked for the Masters Program. The Masters of Education is a "natural extension of our existing program," Parkinson said. Approximately 3200 in-service teachers have indicated interest in advance training. Those not interested in the entire program said the workshops offered would enhance their effectiveness as teachers. Depending on the district, only eight to 20 percent of the in-service teachers currently have their masters degrees. The present faculty of the Education Department is well qualified, many having taught at the post-graduate level prior to coming to Weber State, Burton, noted. Present physical facilities will more than accommodate the ad ditional class load, he stated. Most graduate classes will be offered on the Extended Day schedule, late afternoon to early evening. This schedule is offered to meet the needs of the already working teacher, and will result in more efficient use of the buildings with "little additional cost," Burton said. The Education Department, under Dean Parkinson and Department Heads Keith Burnett, Secondary Education; and Burdett Johnson, Elementary Education, will spend the next year mapping out specific plans for the program. Details to be considered include eligibility requirements, scheduling, support areas to be included, and the need for more personnel and library materials. "Many graduate programs in the past have been fairly rigid," Parkinson said. "We plan to spend time this year working with the public schools to evaluate what the teachers want and need. We will try to develop a program that is much more flexible, a quality, credible program to meet the functional needs of the teachers rather than the strictly traditional program." There has been some opposition to the WSC Masters Program from other universities in the state whose concern "perceived or otherwise," is on its impact upon the funding and participation of their own graduate program, Burton said. "Although we have no plans for expansion now, the ultimate decision as to further growth is in the hands of the Board ofRegents." Inside today's Signpost Convocations . . . Page 3 Editorials Page 4 Photo Feature . Page 10 Sports Page 8-11 Weber State College ' 1 " t t v , 1 . . f ' 7 - A" - . r-- , vyv . - - . f . irny. - m6j'm& . :f f " " I r.y7j f A;..Sa...:,: Photo by Clyde Mueller NEW MACHINE SHOP: The new Technical Education Building is providing better facilities and an atmosphere which enhances learning under pleasant conditions. Tech Ed Building Open Students in the school of technology will be studying in a brand new building this year. The new Tech. Ed. building was completed last spring, and will provide plenty of room for the 500-600 students who use it each day. According to Robert Folsom, campus planner, the building covers 72,000 square feet of ground and is constructed of concrete frame with brick partitions and faced with a brick veneer exterior, which matches the brick of other campus structures. The building, in the words of School of Technology Dean Dale S. Cowgill, is "a departure from most technical schools." It provides 17 new laboratories, 3 classrooms, one modular classroom, and some of for business fices. It houses 11 full-time faculty members. Classes taught in that building include those in manufacturing, engineering, welding, carpentry, mechanical arts, drafting, machine shop, cabinet making, foundry work, sheet metal forming and fabrication, and plastics fabrication. Others are hydraulics, metalurgy, and inspection and quality control. The most important function of the Tech. Ed. building is that of centralizing the facilities and faculty of the school. Mr. Cowgill noted that "we've been juggling the faculty back and forth (between buildings) for years, and it was impossible for the students to get to or from Stephens Avenue in time for the 10 minute class break," The new facility Oct. 4, 1!)77 will make it easier for both faculty and students. Also sharing the building are classes in Continuing Education and Photography. The space for the various subjects has been more than doubled with its construction.Dean Cowgill is especially impressed with the new facility. "It's fabulous," he remarked, "it has a positive, colorful and exciting environment that the other facilities do not have. Technical education students need that kind of environment." The building, according to Cowgill, "was built with the handicapped in mind." All of its facilities comply with the standards recommended by Occupational Safety and Health Act. (OSHA).
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-10-04, Vol. 38, No. 2|
|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.|