A statement of expectations that was sent in late January by the Associated Students of the College of Eastern Utah to the institutions administration has created a stir on campus and consequently led to a couple of meetings last week, one in which many students, faculty and staff participated.
The statement addressed a number of issues on campus including the falling enrollment, the future of the college, the promotion of CEU outside the immediate area, programs that have been eliminated, auxiliary services, the student conduct code and athletic programs.
In the statement the students who were involved in it also suggested that the college secure a private public relations firm to promote the school, expand the sports programs to include more intraschool sports, that the administration enforce the number and time of office hours the faculty should keep and that employees of the college should be training in customer "friendly" service.
The statement also asked that the college consider hiring an outside firm to evaluate auxiliary services and have the state attorney generals office review the policies and procedures of the college, particularly when it comes to student conduct, athletic drug testing, and sexual assault.
Last week college president, Ryan Thomas, called an all campus meeting to discuss the statement along with other items that concerned the college. At that time he also said that a committee would be formed to examine the students concerns. The committee consists of chair Todd Olsen (high school relations), Jay Stevens (human resources), Kim Booth (institutional research and development), Michelle Fleck (dean of arts and science) and Jesse Holt (studentbody president).
On Thursday the ASCEU held a meeting to which students, staff and faculty were invited. That meeting began with some of the student athletes voicing their concerns about some of the lines about athletics that they drew from the original statement, in particular statements about mediocrity in athletics. Some wanted to know why the athletic department was singled out for such criticism.
One basketball player pointed out that last semester the average grade point average for athletes was 3.2 and that the programs have an 80 percent graduation level.
Part of the problem, some insisted that recruiting takes money, and that the college has little in its athletic recruiting fund.
After some heated discussion the meeting did generate some good ideas, and many students said they came away from it with a better understanding of other groups that were in the room.