Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-01-211
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Weber faces bydget cut by Loretta Park Ass't News EditorGov't Affairs CAPITOL HILL, SALT LAKE CITY Weber State may face a rough year financially if a proposed two-percent, across-the-board budget cut is implemented. In addition, the legislature's fiscal analyst is asking for tuition waivers to cut by one-third. Governor Norman H. Bangerter has proposed to the Legislature that they use $25 million of the flood money fund to offset the shortfall in the state budget. Some legislators disagree and want all state agencies to cut their budgets by two percent. The original legislative proposal would seriously affect WSC, according to House Representative Kenneth J. Alford (R-Weber). The higher education appropriations committee is looking at different options, Alford said. "Weber would take a pounding the way the orginal proposal read," he said. "There were no adjustments made for years Weber met or exceeded its projected enrollment." The original proposal would take money from the general education fund, as WSC has not met its projected enrollment this year. These funds are already allocated to Weber State College. It would then cut another two percent from the base budget. "All those who are on the committee who are from Weber County are genuinely concerned about Weber State," Alford said. According to Alford, WSC President Stephen D. Nadauld addressed the committee Friday and told them that the cutback would severely hurt WSC. "I found it commendable that Nadauld was a champion for the school. It's not fair this should happen in his first year," Alford said, (see CUT on page 2) Stipends may be waived- The Legislature is looking at a proposal that would cut tuition waivers by one-third, according to Heber Hunt, legislative fiscal analyst. The tuition waiver cuts would mean that the Legislature would be able to create $l-to-$2 million. The money would be used to help the $25 million state budget shortfall. Currently, the state pays for $6.5 million of tuition waivers at all state institutions of higher education. "We are asking if more students could pay their way temporarily," Hunt said. "It would hurt WSC's ability to bring in quality students, and it would affect the students who are experiencing financial difficulty already," said J. Todd Anderson, ASWSC president. It would probably have a major impact on the tuition waivers the athletic department and student affairs office offers, Anderson said. It would definitely have an impact on WSC's enrollment and attrition problem, Anderson said. "I really feel there are more creative ways to come up with funding than make it impossible for students to attend college," he said. Inside News . . . page 2 Classifieds . . . page 15 Campus Update . . . page 3 Editorial . . . page 4 Entertainment . . . page 10 Sports . . . page 11 Sports Briefs . . . page 15 Sidelines . . . page 1 1 Slam dunk . . . page 15 See 1947 reprint of the Signpost on page 7 Track recond broken See page 12 V L i Vol. 46 No. 24 Tuesday, January 21, 1986 Study shows 23.5 dropout rate at WJeher by Leann Parker Staff Reporter A 23.5 percent dropout rate is cause for concern to some authorities on student education. 200 entering college freshmen were randomly selected for a study conducted by Emil Hanson, WSC assistant vice president for academic services. The study spanned the '72-82 academic years. Sixty-nine of the students interviewed graduated from Weber at the end of 10 years. An additional 61 students had transferred, and six were continuing in their education at Weber. The remaining 69 students, 23.5 percent of the original number, had dropped out. Hanson feels that statistically, WSC is comparative to other non-residential schools in its dropout rate. Over 600 students dropped out of Weber State this fall quarter, with another nine percent who, if the average of past years holds, probably did not return to school after the holidays. The actual statistics will not be released until Jan. 24. Toni Weight, interim dean of students, said WSC provides a variety of support systems for college students, but these support systems aren't enough to keep students in school. Many students are accepted at Weber through its open door policy. Those who have substantially lower ACT scores, as well as low high school grades, are considered high risks, said Weight. According to Weight, these students are not being directed toward the support systems they need. These support systems include the international student center in the social science building, the women's educational resource center in the union building, academic counseling and advisement in building 1, center for the handicapped located in the library, the mentor program in the residence halls, and ASWSC affairs in the union building. There are also community support systems such as state welfare, LDS social services, YMCA, the area vocational center and the mental health center. Weight feels students who drop out of 18.5 I I Degree LT j 15.5 I i . I Degree! - OBJECTIVE UPDIl EI1TERIDG W.S.C. 76 j 1 Yr. ( Degree 18 Drop-out in good standing 15.5 Drop-out in bad standing 30.5 Transferred J 1.5 1 Yr. Degree 5.5 2 Yr. Degree 25.6 4 Yr. Degree 10 YEHRS LflTER The graph above depicts the results of a ten year study conducted by Emil Hanson. It shows the objectives of the 1972 entering freshman compared with what they actually achieved in 10 years. Many authorities concern themselves with such figures. school are a concern, but she said those who are currently enrolled and in good standing are becoming a greater concern at WSC. She said some of the most common reasons for students quitting school are: an LDS mission, the structure of the economy, not being successful, and the campus not meeting the needs of the student. Weight felt one of the main reasons a student remains in school is because of what she calls a "significant other." She said these significant others are usually faculty members who help students in their choices and with various problems. Because Weber consists mainly of commuters and nontraditional students, there is apt to be a healthy, understandable and unavoidable dropout rate, said Weight. But, she said, "we are losing more than we need to." Weight said because Weber has not had a high retention rate, being a commuter school has been used as an excuse. However, different perspectives are surfacing, she said. According to Weight, the cost for a student retention program would be expensive. Last year a study put the cost for a needs assessment center for academically-troubled students at about $80,000 per year. In a college with many needs, retention may just have to wait, she said. On the other hand, Weight said retention is not without its financial rewards. An increase in the retention rate increases tuition monies. In the past, WSC has initiated major pushes to increase enrollment, she said. "We don't have to get extra students; all we have to do is keep the ones we have."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-01-21, Vol. 46, No. 24|
|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.|