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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 7:26 AMlack of more that one professor teaching a certain course
2Apr 17, 2013 3:04 PMNo help on tuition and book fees for student that don't receive financial assistance. Changing of books to often.
3Apr 16, 2013 8:11 PMSince LSUA has many non-traditional students, particularly those with kids, it doesn't not seem to cater to those students as frequently. I would love to come early when I don't have classes and work on things that I need to have done. But there are NO areas that are 'kid-friendly'. I would LOVE to see a study area that also has a kid friendly area with it. Perhaps some of the rooms in the library could have some toys put in, some types of kid activities with an area for their parents to study. Or maybe another building could find some space to do something similar. Or even an outdoor play area with benches and tables. That would be a HUGE help to me.
4Apr 16, 2013 2:54 PMProfessors are overworked.
5Apr 16, 2013 12:19 PMSome courses are not available every semester.
6Apr 16, 2013 11:54 AMThe biggest weakness LSUA faces is the admission and financial aid department. These two departments alone turn many students away from attending LSUA. #1 The admissions department does not process applications in a timely manner, nor do they communicate well with the student when they should need additional information. #2 The Financial Aid department is constantly requesting duplicate information because information that is submitted either gets lost or never makes it to the proper person. Also, financial aid is not processed in a timely manner. I myself have experienced my financial aid not being processed until the end of a semester (2 weeks remaining) even though all information had been submitted to financial aid when it was requested.
7Apr 16, 2013 11:17 AMEvery body is different, every student is different, sometimes a gereral aproach to the class does not cover all the wide range of students. Teachers and tutors could try a more personalizes aproach to teaching.
8Apr 16, 2013 8:48 AMI think that LSUA's weaknesses that negatively impact student learning are that they need more fun areas or study areas in which students can help each other after class.
9Apr 16, 2013 5:05 AMWe do not offer enough courses. We are located in a town that serves a large population of working student's and most courses are only offered at times not possible to be taken.
10Apr 15, 2013 9:35 PMI think LSUA have a few weaknesses, including the fact that it is so small people dont view it the right way right off the bat. but i love it here. Although, it may seem crazy-but the one thing that has caused me more problems at LSUA is financial aid. It has caused me more stress and headache than any class has. I think there are several people trying to do ten million people's job, Sorry if that was off subject.
11Apr 15, 2013 6:00 PMOnly two options of teachers for Louisiana history class, and one of them is terrible. Availability of some classes only on Wednesday nights.
12Apr 15, 2013 2:37 PMThe few degree fields.
13Apr 15, 2013 1:09 PMLack of fine art classes is a large weakness for me and there is not enough student involvement in school activities.
14Apr 15, 2013 11:48 AMLack of technology integration.
15Apr 14, 2013 8:46 AMThere are no video chats for online classes and labs are restricted to only certain days and times that are not convenient for everyone.
16Apr 10, 2013 9:09 PMPoor faculty interaction with students especially in the area of advising and mentoring students. Poor faculty interaction with students in the classroom and outside the classroom.
17Apr 8, 2013 11:27 AMNot having adequate parking around campus. I believe that students do not have enough parking, and often the lots provided are either too crowded or extremely far away from the buildings classes are held in. Instead of spending money on making "green" areas, I think the money should be invested in a parking garage. Students shouldn't have to worry about IF they will find a spot when they come to campus. Students shouldn't have to worry IF they are going to get a ticket while in class. The whole parking situation takes away from the learning experience. A smoke free campus is a bad idea. I'm not a smoker, but I believe that going smoke free is going to create more problems than solve. People choose to come to school very much in the same fashion that they choose to smoke. People become addicted to cigarettes, and taking that away from them is not a good idea. I think turning our back on the smoking community is similar to segregating people based on other factors. The school has wheel chair ramps, but not designated smoking areas. That speaks volumes, and it affects learning.
18Apr 3, 2013 8:49 PMIn nursing department, the lack of supplies and current technologically advanced equipment. I don't feel that there is enough community business involvement on campus and orientation to actual workforce environment.
19Mar 28, 2013 5:35 AMLimited majors, limited tutoring hours
20Mar 27, 2013 4:35 PMNot enough night classes.
21Mar 27, 2013 1:30 PMWeaknesses of LSUA that negatively effect the impact of student learning is what I consider minimal. Students wish to go to class and be able to stay on topic and not get side tracked from their studies because once we get off topic is difficult to get the full effect whenever the students are able to get back on topic. Besides this matter possible interaction outside the classroom could be better as long as it pertains to the course and helps students to better appreciate the professional field of that course.
22Mar 26, 2013 3:06 PMLimited parking, and poor use of grounds. Excessive "green space". Considering the campus size limitation, and the amount of students that need quick access to facilities, these spaces would be better utilized for parking. Green spaces are nice, but we are located in the middle of a farm. Fresh air and sunshine surround the campus. The additional expense of maintaining these spaces also takes away from the schools academic budget, which in my opinion, should be the number one priority.
23Mar 26, 2013 2:25 PMBecause of the small size, courses are not always offered or students when they need them. The only way to rectify this problem however, is to grow
24Mar 26, 2013 8:53 AMNot sure
25Mar 26, 2013 7:20 AMI'm not sure do to the fact that I am a new student
26Mar 26, 2013 7:00 AMSports are negative.
27Mar 26, 2013 6:09 AMHelping student's achieve their goals. All of the offices I have had to do business with are not very professional. They act as if they rather not be bothered by students seeking help; whether it is with financial aid, records, or accounting. Every student pays a lot of money to attend college, and the least that the University could do is to make sure that the students are helped appropriately...
28Mar 25, 2013 10:13 PMlack of campus life... its boring to go to campus
29Mar 25, 2013 6:25 PMNo comment
30Mar 25, 2013 2:22 PMHire more instructors to decrease competition for classes.
31Mar 25, 2013 9:16 AMShort lectures. Lectures that don't concentrate on what students are tested on. No way to be able to get points other than exams. Not enough time between test to actually learn information.
32Mar 25, 2013 9:02 AMlack of flexible scheduling
33Mar 25, 2013 8:54 AMLSUA's main weaknesses lie in the admissions and financial aid offices. They are extremely difficult to work with, and I have seen multiple people have paperwork missing or get charged the same fees over and over again. My own boyfriend actually paid the application fee of 20 dollars three different times for one semester, being told every time that it "must have gone missing." It is also very difficult for incoming students to know what their next step is in the application/ registration process. I will be a senior this summer and I just now figured out how to view my TOPS deduction in my amount of tuition due. I think at orientation, instead of having us sit in group circles and play games, we should be taught how to look at our financial aid, netpartner, grades, classes, etc, and maybe given a detailed check list on HOW TO GET INTO LSUA, starting with Filling out an Application, and ending with Attending Class.
34Mar 25, 2013 8:30 AMLack of online classes and lack of choices on time schedule.
35Mar 25, 2013 8:27 AMsome instructors teach differently. a student may pass a course dat they repeated with a different instructor
36Mar 25, 2013 7:58 AMNot enough computers on campus
37Mar 25, 2013 7:52 AMAvailability of some classes could negatively impact learning. Some classes are offered only at night or during summer session. Some students may have a problem attending these classes.
38Mar 25, 2013 7:47 AMThere isn't many weaknesses I find, there is plenty of oppourtunity for help with classes.
39Mar 25, 2013 7:43 AMThe institution will offer surveys to student and ask their opinion, however it seems that everything always goes against the student body opinion, it's almost like we do not matter.
40Mar 25, 2013 7:38 AMThe negative attitudes form the staf on campus is a big impact on student's. For example the people that work in admistions and financhel aid are so rude it's not even funny. No one will talk to you like you are a person, you can never get someone to actually talk to you on the phone, and don't bother emailing because they do not even look at that. When you go to talk about your finachal aid they can never give you a direct answer they just pass you on another person that doesn't know your answer. Student's then get mad and just walk away with out getting the information they needed. This causes student's that have a choice to transfer to another school want to transfer even more. It also makes fist time student's to LSUA not want to come here.
41Mar 25, 2013 7:37 AMThe lack of professors in certain fields like history, foreign language, political science, ect. is definitely a weakness that negatively impacts student learning. Also, the outdated library needs to be updated as soon as possible.
42Mar 25, 2013 7:33 AMThe parking situation.
43Mar 25, 2013 7:24 AMMake sure that all students feel like they are treated equally.
44Mar 25, 2013 7:00 AMThe limiting number of degree programs that force many students to transfer schools.
45Mar 25, 2013 6:58 AMThere's not enough teacher-student interaction!
46Mar 23, 2013 11:48 AMthe class room do don't really involve student participation in the sciences and I feel that Is why students don't do as good in sciences because there is no learning by doing
47Mar 22, 2013 3:07 PMAllowing instructors so much room in dictating the scheduling times of certain classes to conform to their suitability and not whats logical or in the best interest of the student populus.
48Mar 22, 2013 9:42 AMMore efforts could be made to better notify students of services offered to enhance learning (tutoring, writing center, etc.). These things are available, but many students are not aware of them. Also, more technology-friendly tutoring/education enhancement would be beneficial. Having the option to video chat with teachers/tutors/advisors is something that is available at other universities that I would be interested to see implemented at LSUA.
49Mar 22, 2013 8:07 AMThe fact that many programs rely solely on lecture then testing...some students may need other ways in order to learn material.
50Mar 22, 2013 7:14 AMSome of the professors do not try to make a one-on-one relationship with their students to try and figure out what they may need to do to make a better grade in the class.
51Mar 22, 2013 4:23 AMTeachers that are boring and do the same thing in class everyday, courses that you literally have to struggle through knowing you can do it but the professor's "rules" aren't fair, and the 7 point grading scale!
52Mar 21, 2013 8:35 PMNot enough courses offered for the degree programs.
53Mar 21, 2013 7:44 PMWell, I think that what hurts LSUA, is the fact that they had to loose so many facuilty and staff over budget cuts. This required them to drop a great number of classes that set many students back on graduating. Bring the classes back, and bring the Professors back!!
54Mar 21, 2013 7:19 PMProfessor's tend to give a lot of "busy work" which takes away from work that other professor's are giving that will actually benefit you in the future. The library closes at 4:30 which is a big problem for students that actually want to be there doing research. Professor's not getting assignments back to you in a timely manner so that you may see where you have gone wrong in order to improve your work next time. Lack of available classes every semester. Lack of upper level online courses
55Mar 21, 2013 6:22 PMI would consider the lack of variety in majors, higher degrees, lack of research opportunities, and lack of funding to be one of the weaknesses of LSUA.
56Mar 21, 2013 5:21 PMnothing
57Mar 21, 2013 4:17 PMThe professors, the advisors. The professors lack professionalism and do not take a personal interest in students.
58Mar 21, 2013 3:03 PMHaving to stress over what classes are offered if I need to take a certain class
59Mar 21, 2013 2:36 PMI know there have been a ton of budget cuts leading to the loss of instructors; however, that has made an impact on students. There are not enough course sections being offered in order to get degrees completed.
60Mar 21, 2013 2:23 PMorganization of the college as a whole
61Mar 21, 2013 2:01 PMThere are professors on this campus who haven't revised their courses in years. There are also professors on this campus who are brilliant in their area of expertise, but do not know how to present information to students in a way that the students can process.
62Mar 21, 2013 1:16 PM1. Too much emphasis on non-academic activities
63Mar 21, 2013 12:43 PMNot enough classes are offered each semester. Some classes are only offered once a year. This can hamper graduation time.
64Mar 21, 2013 12:41 PMOne big one for me will be the new smoking policy. I bring my daughter to daycare at 8am and pick her up at 5pm, but my only classes are from 11-12:15 and 2:30-3:45. The remainder of my time on campus is mostly used for studying, writing papers, and doing homework. I am a smoker, so the fact that I can sit at the student center or in the quad and smoke while my laptop is plugged in enables me to study and do homework without having to worry about stopping my work and packing up all of my things just to step outside for a cigarette. I definitely feel that since we are going to be restricted to designated smoking areas, at least two of those areas should be equipped with working outdoor power outlets so that those of us who like to smoke while working can do so. Another thing to take into consideration is that, compared to some schools, this campus is relatively small. There are few areas where we can sit indoors, plug in our laptops, and study while still being able to answer the phone, etc (i.e., not sitting in the library where it has to be ABSOLUTELY quiet). So it is disturbing when there are students in the few areas where we can sit and study who constantly go to these areas to voice their (rather offensive) opinions loudly to everyone within earshot. There is one student in particular who seems to be everywhere that I go indoors to study, who rants loudly about his political views. There should be a rule that, at the very least, you don't go around campus ranting loudly about how much you hate the president.
65Mar 21, 2013 11:52 AMThe PSYC department really needs to improve.
66Mar 21, 2013 11:41 AMn/a
67Mar 21, 2013 11:38 AMThe lack of a relationship with the community, the state's perception of LSUA and it's students.
68Mar 21, 2013 11:30 AMSome of LSUA's departments are not very well organized, and it is difficult to work with them in some situations.
69Mar 21, 2013 11:26 AMThe summer class schedule.
70Mar 21, 2013 11:20 AMI feel that LSUA does not monitor some of their staff properly, some educators seem to have a "I don't care" attitude.
71Mar 21, 2013 10:44 AMLSUA'S weakness would have to be with the hands-on.
72Mar 21, 2013 10:43 AMAgain I think that our money is not being used in the students' best interests. I think that if our money were focused more on campus, and improving our programs HERE on campus instead of out there trying to bring more students in, we would have a better learning environment. I also think that there is lack of motivation toward some programs. If we showed enthusiastic motivation to all of the programs here, equally, students would be happier about the program they chose to pursue, rather than changing to something else because the program they loved was neglected. Right now, our sports are getting all of the attention because it is this big new thing. And that is fine, but don't neglect our other programs in the meantime.
73Mar 21, 2013 10:41 AMThe sports
74Mar 21, 2013 10:31 AMN/A
75Mar 21, 2013 10:18 AMParking is limited and students complain and are often late to class due to this problem.
76Mar 21, 2013 9:34 AMAgain, the lack of professors needed to allow flexible schedules.
77Mar 21, 2013 9:21 AMLack of after hours computer services.
78Mar 21, 2013 9:14 AMLow funding not enough classes
79Mar 21, 2013 8:59 AMHaving teachers/staff that aren't willing to help.
80Mar 21, 2013 8:45 AMElectronics and a lack if teachers.
81Mar 21, 2013 8:23 AMThe greatest weakness is that some classes are only scheduled during the earlier times of day. Many Students work and need classes that help them to be able to work and be successful during the day hours. More online classes are needed.
82Mar 21, 2013 7:23 AMProfessor leniency, class availability, quality of lectures, academic activities/workshops, etc.
83Mar 20, 2013 5:49 PMNo idea.
84Mar 19, 2013 5:44 PMLack of variety of sports, which I understand is up for debate right now. And also I would like to see broader range of degrees offered, so that I can continue post-graduate studies here.
85Mar 18, 2013 9:17 PMIt seems that students have little influence when it comes to curriculum or procedures. When these issues are addressed, there is so much red tape, it seems as if the students' opinions do not matter.
86Mar 18, 2013 7:43 PMforeign teachers who do not speak english plainly
87Mar 18, 2013 1:20 PMLow morale. Students want to be proud of their school and are to an extent. **If students don't take pride in their school, they won't take pride in their work or quality of education.** Simple things like having faculty participation at activities and sporting events is a huge step in the right direction. Just by faculty reminding students that (campus activity) is happening today at (time), and wanting them to come out REALLY makes a difference! I've seen it!
88Mar 18, 2013 1:11 PMteachers that don't seem to care.
89Mar 18, 2013 12:36 PMnothing, everything is good!
90Mar 18, 2013 12:28 PMNot enough going on on campus. Need more events and a better spring fling to get the student body more interested in what going on.
91Mar 18, 2013 11:26 AMSome professors are not willing to help those who struggle!
92Mar 18, 2013 9:16 AMLSUA's weakness would include not enough activities for students of any kind to be involved in.
93Mar 17, 2013 8:07 PM1. Staff that feel that it is not their duty to answer questions...for example Dr. Negatu and Dr. Maravani in the cience department. Students should be able to ask a question no matter how dumb it may seem. Sometimes there is just some small piece of information that is missing that can be given that makes a world of difference for a student's comprehension. 2. There are not enough class times for students. Students must compete for classes. Also, the times offered do not always make it easy for people who work to select times that fit their schedule. For instance, one class was offered at only one time this semester that I needed to take. It has thrown off my work and sleep schedule.
94Mar 16, 2013 9:51 AMIn my opinion, I do not feel that LSUA as a whole values the presence of its students. The lack of student services and opportunities is striking. For example, in my first semester, I had to take off work more often than not in order to take care of business on campus. Given that LSUA has a fairly large PT commuter population, the offices on campus should be open late or early at least two times a month to accommodate those who are non-traditional students. Also, the additional charges are numerous and seem to be growing and there is no explanation for what the fees cover or why they are being levied. For example, what is the Academic Excellence Fee is and why am I being charged this fee each semester? Also, I've been told unofficially that the fees that I pay for various courses, assessed as "lab fees" or "internet fees" are not given to the department, rather they are directed to the University; if this is true, the fees should be given to the departments so that they can update their resources and enrich the students' learning experience--point in case, my Anatomy & Physiology professor is still using VHS to supplement our lab lectures. As well, the course offerings are scant and the faculty and staff are spread thin.
95Mar 15, 2013 7:35 AMFail rates are very bad
96Mar 13, 2013 2:08 PMDon't know
97Mar 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.
98Mar 12, 2013 2:01 PMToo many students just give up. Financial Aid plays an important factor in keeping students here and the lack of it causes student to seek employment first and put their education on hold. They quit school and many do not return.