Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1989-11-291
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Weber State athlete honored nationally See page 13 Inside It's the end of the quarter and time for STRESS. Helpful hints for handling the finals crunch See page 8 News 2 Editorial 4 Arts 6 Classifieds 15 Iffl Volume 50, Issue 35 By Paul C. Parkinson and Brett Hart Had a proposed WSC "admission index" been in place at the beginning of Fall quarter this year, over 200 entering freshmen now enrolled at the college may have had to seek 1 I Campus higher education opportunities elsewhere. WSC's administration is in the process of implementing the index which will deny automatic admission to eight percent of all incoming freshmen. J VinYsT"" Technology department receives $135,000 grant By Kathleen Montoya Staff writer of The Signpost A $135,000 grant awarded to the Manufacturing Engineering Technology department on Nov. 20, will help keep Weber State on the cutting edge of the machinist industry according to Machine Tool Technology Program Manager Robert S. Milner. The funds will be used to replace older manually operated equipment in the department's hands-on training machine shop, with computer operated equipment needed to train The Vice President of Student Services Marie Kotter said the President's Council hasn't formally approved the new index yet. However, the Council drafted a letter Tuesday that will be sent to high school students and their parents explaining the new admission standard. The index is a figure which represents a student's high school GPA combined with his or her ACT composite score. According to Kotter the minimum acceptable index for incoming freshman will be 75. For example, a student with a 2.4 GPA would have to have an ACT score of 1 6 to be automatically accepted to the college. A student's ACT composite score and high school GPA are weighted equally in calculating the index. An "enrollment management" document prepared by Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert Smith explains that WSC is funded by the state up to a target number of students, but not beyond. Current Weber enrollment is 600 students over the target number estimated and funded by the computer numerical control (CNC) operators, technicians who manufacture metal and plastic goods. Weber won the grant from the State Department of Community and Economic Development after Utah businesses including Bourns, Parker Hannifin and Teleflex identified the college as one of four in the state with the capability of training CNC operators. "This all started with Governor Bangerter's Aerospace Task Force, whose mission was to see how we could bring 20,000 jobs into Utah in the next five years," Milner said. "They identified that the availability of trained CNC Signpost Weber State College restrict enr Legislature. In addition, the 1988 freshman class - the most recent class for which complete data are available, showed a strong need for remedial work in mathematics and English. "To begin closing this revolving door for weaker students, while insuring 'We're trying to respond to the issue that students aren't doing well when they get to college, and is that fair to them?' Dr. Marie Kotter adequate resources and space available for the better prepared, Weber State proposes to introduce a minimum admission standard," the document states. In a November 16 memo to WSC Faculty Senate Chair Tom Burton, Smith proposed that Tor 1990-91 we'll admit all applicants, but restrict enrollment of students below 75" to English and mathematic operators was going to be the basis of attracting new industry." Even without new businesses, Milner estimates that there will be about 200 new jobs for CNC operators opening up in Utah each year. Weber offers a two year associate of applied science program which will qualify students for those positions. "Graduates would probably qualify for jobs paying between $8 and $10 after two years, and for jobs paying between $6.50 and $7.50 after one year in our program," Milner said. Currently, 35 students are enrolled in the machining technology program. The (See MONEY page 15) classes under the 100 level. Smith also suggested that for 1991-92 "students below 75 will be denied automatic admission, but provided the opportunity to enroll in remedial classes only." Students who are denied admission will be able to appeal the decision or according to Kotter, "can take classes through the Continuing Education program or other comparable community programs and demonstrate their competence, then be admitted." International students (who must have a high school GPA of at least 3.0 and a TOEFL score of at least 500), applicants over 22 years of age, and transfer students with at least 36 credit hours will be automatically exempt from the Index requirement. The proposed admission index was discussed and passed by the faculty senate last May and has been awaiting implementation by WSC administration. "We're trying to respond to the issue that students aren't doing well when they get to 'V N f Developing Minds? Do you think this WSC Wednesday, November 29, 1989 Iment 'Our philosphy has always been that Utah students need an opportunity to gain an education. After all, it's not so much who you let in but who you graduate.' Rod Clark, USU Director of Admissions college, and is that fair to them?" Kotter said, "The reason they're not doing well is because they don't take a sufficient number of classes that prepare them for college level work." The University of Utah is also considering a minimum admission index "between 74 and 84" but has yet to formally implement the proposal, said Brian Shuppy, U of U supervisor of freshmen (See RESTRICT page 12) v. CLARK HUTOIHE SIGNPOST student's mind will develop In time lof finals? -i X L ...
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1989-11-29, Vol. 50, No. 35|
|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.|