I recently heard that the recreation related classes at CEU will no longer be offered for credit. According to the information I have received, some of the courses will still be offered as workshops, but students will not be able to get college credit for those classes any longer. This saddens me deeply.
I began attending CEU in 1985. Over the years I have earned and received two associate degrees from the institution. I went on to Utah State and earned my Bachelors degree. I have continued to take courses at CEU throughout the years. Some of the courses have been for personal enrichment, but most of them have been for professional advancement. I am a teacher with an elementary education license as well as a secondary license in business and am currently working to gain an endorsement in art as well.
I have taken courses from several universities around the state as well as some out of state. I believe that CEU offers courses that are as well taught as any around. This includes the recreation classes. I am currently taking digital photography, which falls into this category. It is one of the best classes I have ever taken. It is well organized, and taught with the utmost professionalism. I will be using the credit from this class for my art endorsement. Not only will I use the knowledge I have gained from the class, but I will also use some of the techniques as I teach my students photography. As an educator, I feel that these courses are great for non-traditional students, such as me, regular students, straight out of high school, as well as community students who just want a class to learn something new.
These courses have been a part of CEU for many decades and have offered us local choices for earning college credit. One of my biggest fears about the CEU/USU merge was that we would lose our community college. Despite promises that the community feel would stay, this feels like the first step towards taking away community choices. It would be a shame for those of us who need credit classes to have to go to another school, when we have such a world class college in our community.
I understand that not all of the current instructors want to continue teaching the courses, but that is not the case for all instructors. Please find a way to continue offering credit for these classes for those of us who would like to take them and pay the additional tuition that goes along with them. I encourage the administration at CEU and USU to reconsider this decision. Please allow us to continue to take these classes for credit locally.