Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-031
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O Weber State College DQWpOS u u Vol. 44 No. 41 Tuesday, April 3, 1984 Look through the eyes of another. See the Signature section, starting on page 5. j t.i I J 4t" -.Jr . from matriculation to graduation Workmen from CannonPapanikolas insert fence posts in the stadium parking lot. The area to be fenced off includes approximately 150 parking spaces and will be used to store equipment that the company needs to build the new Health Sciences Building. Campus Police Chief Lee Cassity said that alternative parking plans include using stadium pa. king spaces currently marked "No parking" and parking parallel, which will create 40 to 50 more spaces, according to Cassity. lie said that a dirt parking lot. 5 v-JT.i.' ptv.. IVnr.ii V. llrr located north of the Jane N ye Weight Room, will also be un'd to offset the diminished parking spaces at the stadium. Cassity said that other plans were being looked at, but no parking problem is anticipated, partly because spring enrollment is lower than at other times of the year. "Next fall will be the real problem," said Cassity. The parking lot will !e fenced off for over a year, as the completion date of the Health Sciences Building is sot at July 1, 1985. Utah Gubernatorial Candidate Addresses 'Young Democrats' by David C. Wright Staff Reporter Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wayne Owens visited WSC's campus last Friday. Speaking to a meeting of the "Young Democrats," the former congressman addressed the group informally, then fielded questions from the thirty or so listeners. Owens said he wanted to list the issues and cite his strengths concerning them. He also said he was at the campus to "elicit some support" from those gathered. "It seems to me that the major issues in this year's gubernatorial campaign are three," said Oewns. "The first issue that any governor faces is the ability to absorb the growing population of this state and acknowledge that there are thirty-five thousand new jobs needed by this expanding economy . . . and approximately another fifteen thousand are needed to replace obsolescent jobs that occur because we are moving very rapidly from an industrial based economy to an information and service based economy." Owens said that a governor can deal with that growth by broadening the tax base, which would provide the revenue necessary. Owens also added that he is "concerned about preserving both the environmental values and the cultural values" of the state in the midst of that growth. The second major issue, according to Owens, is education. "And that is a major priority," he said. "I strongly supported and applauded Governor (Scott) Matheson's bravado in his willingness to seek increased taxes this year to pay significantly increased amounts of money into education," said Owens. The former congressman is a member of the state Board of Regents, and he said he is "very familiar with the problems in higher education." Owens said, "there see "Owens" on page 2. Average WSC Student Graduates In 8 Years by David C. Wright Staff Reporter It will take the average WSC student 7.9 years to graduate, and only 11.5 percent of entering freshmen will graduate in four years. This, according to a study by Dr. F.mil Hanson, assistant vice president for academic services at WSC. This study, initiated in 1972, looked at 1,520 entering freshmen. Of these, 200 were randomly selected and tracked over a ten-year period. After four years, their progress was evaluated, and then every two years thereafter through the tenth year. Alter the 4-year period, 23, or 11.5 percent, had completed 1, 2, or 4-year programs. Fourteen of these were bachelor degrees. After six years, 2S more had completed programs. At the end of the ten-year span, 69 students, or 34.5 percent, of the 200 had completed a program of study. Hanson's study said that the higher percentage of completions after six years "is really more typical of this institution." Thirty percent of the 200 students had at some time transferred to other institutions. Thirty-three and one-half percent had dropped out of Weber, 18 percent of those in good standing, the rest due to probation, warning or suspension. The study attributes Weber's high attrition rate to its commitment to broad access. WSC accepts more students, so a higher percentage will naturally drop out. During the 1980-81 school year, 3,150 freshmen entered WSC. The next year showed a sophomore head count of 2,025, a 36 percent drop. This, however, doesn't mean that 64 percent of those freshmen returned the next year as sophomores: it only shows a decrease in population. Utah has a unique situation concerning LDS missionaries. When a missionary withdraws at Weber State, he or she is listed as a drop out. This then drives up the drop-out rate. Hanson said, however, that Weber has a high percentage of students who return after withdrawing. A college's selectivity greatly affects its graduation rate. The study showed that very selective private universities will graduate 80 to 85 percent of their students in four years. Large state universities will graduate 35-45 per-' cent, and state colleges will graduate 15-25 percent in four years. Hanson said that the reason for the high suc cess rate at the very selective universities is because they tend to deal with the drop-out problem before entrance, by restricting those students who don't show academic promise. One of the reasons students at Weber will take more than four years to graduate is because they take too few credit hours per quarter. Dr. Hanson said that the average load taken by students is 12.2 hours. At that rate, it will take 15 quarters to complete a bachelor's program. Students desiring to graduate in four years need to maintain a 15 to 16 hour load per quarter. Other reasons listed in the study are that Weber is a commuter institution, with less than 6 percent of the student body living on campus. According to the nationwide "Higher Education Report," completed in 1971, twenty percent of all commuter students will graduate in four years. Hanson's report revealed that "Weber State College failed to graduate even 20 percent in four years, including one and two-year programs (11.5 percent), which lends even more support to the rationale for a typical status for the institution."Other findings by Hanson's office are that students at Weber "generally feel little pressure to complete (their studies) in four years, as they would in a more typical college." Hanson added that many students leave school "to work a quarter or two to finance their education. Approximately seventy-two percent of WSC students work part or full-time while attending college."The state and national unemployment rate also affects, to a degree, the drop-outenrollment rate at Weber as well as at other colleges. Hanson said that "when unemployment goes down and good jobs are available, fewer students come to college." The national unemployment rate affects the enrollmentretainment of non-resident students at WSC. A graph produced by Hanson showed an inverse relationship between the two. "When employment nationally is high and the economy is strong, the nonresident enrollment is high at the college. Conversely when unemployment is high, the non-resident enrollment is low," the study said. In 1972, 76 percent of the entering freshmen aspired to a four-year degree. But only 26.5 percent actually graduated from Weber at some time during the ten-year period. Assuming all of the transfer students graduated, 56.9 percent is the highest that could have obtained a bachelor's degree.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-03, Vol. 44, No. 41|
|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.|