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What do you consider to be LSUA’s weaknesses that negatively impact student learning?
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1Apr 19, 2013 9:42 AMDistance learning is one of the keys to attracting more students and increasing enrollment. Online courses are no longer a novelty or passing fad; they are a reality. Over a decade ago NSU had the foresight to invest in distance learning and they are reaping the rewards for their efforts. Now, it’s time for LSUA to merge into the information superhighway and claim its piece of the pie.
2Apr 18, 2013 4:39 AMlack of confidence of students
3Apr 16, 2013 1:23 PMStudents lack necessary writing, reading comprehension, and research skills and the analytical thinking that comes from developing them.
4Apr 16, 2013 8:49 AMNot all students are willing to put in the time and effort required to learn.
5Apr 15, 2013 12:11 PMLimited course schedule, for instance, very few language courses are available.
6Apr 15, 2013 11:37 AMAlthough it is necessary to some degree due to the financial atmosphere of today, the big focus on money is becoming a drawback I believe. We are now catering to the students so much that I don't believe we are helping prepare them for the future job market. Agreed, we have certain things we need to do, such as recruitment and working on retention, but not to the point where we are lowering our standards, and keeping students within degree programs that they are not proving to be capable of succeeding in.
7Apr 15, 2013 11:31 AMA couple of faculty that try to discourage student success and therefore are not concerened with retention rates Faculty that are not up to date with evidence based practice and provide students with misinformation Faculty that are so concerned with "tricking" (their own words) students on test, they fail to provide the correct answer
8Apr 15, 2013 11:29 AMLSUA has many non-traditional students. Majority of students work part-time or full-time. The classes must be tailored to these types of students who are juggling many personal and work related responsibilities.
9Mar 24, 2013 4:42 PMOur size is also a drawback in some ways as we can't provide all the opportunities and services as some larger schools. The predominantly commuter population is a negative. Although most of our students are NOT first generation college students despite the fact we throw that out there a lot, we do get many students without realistic expectations about college and course loads and studying, and who have no good role models. And frankly, the thing we don't like to talk about is not all faculty are focused on student learning. There's a great deal of inconsistently in that. We still have faculty who are mostly focused on what is easiest for them as a teacher or on just keeping students from complaining and passing them down the pipeline. There are others who honestly don't know what to do in terms of student learning and would probably be willing to work more at it if they had more training and more incentive, and more time. The inconsistency of focus on student learning is a hindrance to those who do focus on it in their classrooms. Students by and large will choose easy over learning. As an entire faculty and administration, I don't think we have yet created an environment, and peer pressure, and a support system, that are conducive to enhanced student learning.
10Mar 22, 2013 9:18 AMLack of flexibility on faculty part Stuck in the old mindset of how learning occurs, lecture Lack of interest from faculty in learning new approaches to teach Do or die (flunk) approaches Poor preparation on students part,
11Mar 22, 2013 6:45 AMthe campus wide desire to assist students could be packaged, polished and have the hurdles removed.
12Mar 19, 2013 12:15 PMSome faculty do not reply to student inquiries by email in that they go unanswered. That is true of face-to-face courses, but particularly some online courses.
13Mar 19, 2013 11:37 AMNegative faculty
14Mar 19, 2013 6:38 AMMaking learning content-based instead of on an active-learning basis and not reaching out to students are weaknesses
15Mar 19, 2013 6:27 AMnone
16Mar 18, 2013 3:29 PMsome departments are not customer service friendly
17Mar 17, 2013 6:44 PMSome people still on campus think they know better than professors what is required for fulfillment of assignments. I've had someone who had never taught a college course tell me that she has been a teacher and could tell me all sorts of things about how to run my classroom--for example that it would be just lovely if I let the class come up with its own thesis statement, which would of course mean that they were all arguing the same thing. Also, morale is in the toilet. We're all feeling pretty unappreciated right now--we all teach a lot more than people making twice as much money at other schools, and yet we keep reading in the online news from down south that we don't do anything and should be shut down. We are constantly having to do more stuff that has little to do with teaching just so that we may continue teaching. People are starting to crack from the stress. At least one person in my acquaintance cannot remember what he says from one minute to the next, but each statement is delivered with sorrowful pomposity as he insists that what he says THIS time is the way it's always been. A number of people have begun running around disseminating rumors and then wondering why we all duck them when we see them coming. Our students can smell the fear, and some seek to exploit it to get something for nothing; in the last semester, I found out that two students lied about what happened in my classroom or with my office hours in order to cover for their failure to show up for an exam in another course or failure to submit papers.
18Mar 16, 2013 11:15 AMI cannot think of any
19Mar 14, 2013 12:43 PMThere should be more tutoring opportunities for Math and Sciences, including tutoring centers- they should follow the example that Elizabeth Beard has set. Financial aid creates a massive roadblock to student learning in a couple of ways. 1. Students receive funds to late to make good decisions and inhibits their ability to be conscientious consumers. If students can take their money anywhere the bookstore would be forced to be more competitive and proactive in their offerings and customer service. Students enrolled in courses that require materials that the bookstore refuses to carry, even when forms are correctly filled out in detail and on time, are in a place of jeopardy in their academic career. 2. If students are not processed correctly we cannot keep them. It really says something when someone is so frustrated by financial aid that they go somewhere else and are mad enough to come back and tell us how easy and quick the same process was at another university.
20Mar 14, 2013 12:07 PMWhen considering the student body as a whole, students have many competing priorities. Work, kids, family obligations often make school a non-priority. While I recognize that this is a part of student life here, instructors have to stop being so accommodating to student excuses. Also, the focus is often job readiness (which is the focus of trade schools) with not much talk about furthering education. I believe that overall, the campus needs to adjust its perspective just a little. There needs to be more discussion about attending professional and graduate school programs.
21Mar 14, 2013 11:45 AMFaculty members who purposely place roadblocks for students, or who are unnecessarily inflexible with students. Faculty members need to understand our role and the students we serve. We are NOT the same as LSU or any of the larger schools AND THAT'S OKAY! Be proud of who we are and what we do for a very under-served student population that needs our university! Students are often unprepared for college level work. We need to get them the help they need. Financial Aid processing is too slow...still need better communication and faster processing. It's hard for a student to learn when they are waiting 4 weeks into the semester to get their financial aid to purchase a book.
22Mar 14, 2013 9:41 AM* Many students travel long distances to get to school - they will not stay longer and study; instead they go home and do something else * We need more attractions around Campus; different restaurants, bowling halls,etc. * We have a gym, but there are very few students there. There should be separate beach volleyball courts, tennis courts, an open swimming pool for everyone, etc. Of course,a student who goes home after class to take care of here family might not be interested in these type of offers * Not enough teachers and course offerings - I know we need more students first, but we also need more faculty - this is not easily resolved without money and not enough students.
23Mar 14, 2013 8:31 AMStudents encounter too many difficulties with administrative types of things, like obtaining financial aide and registering for classes. This should all be streamlined and hopefully this will be an outcome of the restructuring program, however these issues probably don't affect student learning much. Students need additional places where they can study and feel comfortable on campus. More Labs, Lounges, and Live events will make students want to stay on campus to do their studying. Keeping them here will keep them more focused on their education. Once they leave campus they lose focus. We can call this the 3 L's of learning.
24Mar 14, 2013 8:19 AMApathy among faculty, lack of willingness to be open-minded about changes to their methodology, lack of time to prepare for changes to new methods of teaching.
25Mar 14, 2013 7:58 AMFewer resources than larger colleges
26Mar 14, 2013 7:38 AMThe writing center is inadequately staffed and funded The library is inadequately staffed and funded Students need more tutoring services especially in science and math Financial aid is inadequately staffed and unresponsive. I hear this complaint over and over again from students. Hire more financial staff and make sure the hirees are RESPONSIVE to students (e.g., return phone calls and reply to e-mails in a TIMELY matter)
27Mar 14, 2013 7:32 AMtoo much emphasis on recruiting marginal students who aren't willing to make the sacrifices necessary to complete a degree
28Mar 14, 2013 6:55 AMOur lack of funding. The lack of respect we receive from the system. Our decreasing numbers of faculty. The increasing workload of an already overburdened faculty. Lack of attention paid to African-American students.
29Mar 14, 2013 6:22 AMWe spoon feed the students. Because funds are so tight, we take everyone and put up with everything because we need the money. We are sacrificing quality for quantity
30Mar 13, 2013 10:20 AMWe, as a faculty and staff have all taken on tremendous workloads. Increased activity on committees and with recruiting etc. have added to the strain. In addition, many are taking on overloads to help the university or to supplement pay that has long gone without increases. So time to plan and implement new strategies will be an obstacle. I think we have to identify some strategies for different things across campus that are not showing big benefits that can be stopped or put on the back burner for now. We chase all goals at once. I think the budget situation put us into a panic type mode but we have to find a new normal.
31Mar 13, 2013 9:10 AMNot entirely or necessarily and LSUA issue, but many students that are not ready or have an understanding of college-level work.
32Mar 13, 2013 8:22 AMEverything from university policies to physical plant. A top-to-bottom evaluation is desperately needed to focus the university's attention completely on student learning.
33Mar 13, 2013 6:53 AMI have observed that not all faculty approach students in a positive and non judgmental manner.
34Mar 12, 2013 6:41 PMWe struggle keeping our standards high because of pressure to pass students. Lowering standards leads to students learning less because they don't try as hard. When you lower the bar, the effort is reduced. It is a natural process.
35Mar 12, 2013 3:40 PMLoss of funding, size of professors' courseloads.
36Mar 12, 2013 2:34 PMTraditional methods of teaching and evaluation, specifically, faculty who are stuck in tradition and cannot and will not think outside of the box to improve learning and instruction is a major weakness of this institution.
37Mar 12, 2013 2:23 PMReduction of courses offered, especially theatre courses, and lack of university support for the Empty Space Players and the new theatre.
38Mar 12, 2013 2:18 PMUnderfunding of resources.
39Mar 12, 2013 1:58 PMThe fact that faculty are unable to contribute 100% to teaching/instruction negatively impacts student learning. When facutly members have to multitask and have their minds going in multiple directions, they cannot focus on instruction. It appears that teaching is second to committees, meetings, etc.
40Mar 12, 2013 1:51 PMFaculty are tasked with doing too many extra jobs added to heavy teaching loads.
41Mar 12, 2013 1:51 PMOur weakness can also be our faculty if we fail to understand how students learn and to apply the appropriate techniques in our classrooms that helps meet the needs of students based on their learning styles.
42Mar 12, 2013 1:46 PMFaculty who do not attempt to offer assistance; administration's lack of respect for faculty.
43Mar 12, 2013 1:46 PMIt's not really the fault of the school per se, but LSUA has not found a way to really capture the commuter student. Students leave campus before they take advantage of the tutoring and other academic services that LSUA offers. Ideally, LSUA would find a way to reach those students and impress upon them the importance of taking advantage of those services. Perhaps there is another way to reach these students. Students should be left with the same advisers (aside from the time that they spend in the Advising Center) throughout their academic career unless they change majors or a faculty member leaves.
44Mar 12, 2013 1:44 PMThere seems to be a general sense that ENGL 1001 and 1002 should adequately prepare students to write across all courses and disciplines. Students need more practice writing for various purposes and in various courses (prior to the 3000 and 4000 level courses).
45Mar 12, 2013 1:42 PMsome faculty not willing to adjust teaching strategies to improve retention. Communication.
46Mar 12, 2013 1:34 PMFaculty are so busy attending meetings and doing paperwork that students don't get the attention they need.
47Mar 12, 2013 1:27 PMI think that the faculty is a bit overwhelmed sometimes with all that they have to do and that probably impacts student learning.
48Mar 12, 2013 1:25 PM1. Lack of funding, 2. Low moral of faculty and staff 3. Need for more computer facilities/labs 4. more written skills
49Mar 12, 2013 1:23 PMWe have students in our local highs ASH and PIneville where the AHEC/ALLIED health programs are not allowed to speak to high school students and tell them what we have to offer here. Why? While we have some positive community support we have some of our locals who DO NOT support us. What can we do to convenience them? I don't know what we can do to promote more - we do so many things...
50Mar 12, 2013 1:22 PMInability to offer remedial classes