Hearing the voice of the students: Student surveys to highlight campus concerns

Hearing the voice of the students: Student surveys to highlight campus concerns

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Student Government Association will be hosting the first President’s Roundtable of the semester, Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Memorial Student Union Building Room 221B, at 4 p.m.
The President’s Roundtable is an opportunity for students to personally direct their opinions to President Steven Tallant.
“Dr. Tallant was very happy to have this roundtable with the students,” said Edwin Vasquez, senator of the College of Graduates. “He wants people to come out and address their concerns.”
To get a better understanding of what to discuss at the upcoming President’s Roundtable, the SGA has made surveys available for students. Vasquez said.
“We try to pass these  out before the President’s Roundtable, and we present the results to Dr. Tallant before the Roundtable,” Vasquez said. “The reason we do that is because we know not all the students can go to the Roundtable.”
The current surveys allow students to comment on aspects of the university, including campus buildings, the academic departments and services, faculty and staff concerns, professor evaluations, and students’ use of e-books.
“We ask what a student feels about the college and about the e-books, the professor evaluation,” Vasquez said. “We give this information to the Dean of Students and to the Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Terisa Riley.”
At the last President’s Roundtable, students voiced their complaints about the mathematic computer program, ALEKS.
“Students do not feel it is working perfectly for them,” said Vasquez. “They are asking for more emphasis on the staff that handles the mathematics department.”
Other issues to be discussed include parking, the food in the cafeterias on campus, and campus safety.
“Several people are concerned about the safety issue,” said Vasquez. “Hopefully Dr. Tallant will address the issue.”
The previous President’s Roundtable discussion had a turnout of more than 120 students and lasted about three hours.
“Because several people had concerns about the issues, the time went longer than expected,” said Vasquez. “We are not expecting this Roundtable to take three hours, but we welcome anybody, especially the students.”
The following President’s Roundtable is being planned for April.