Course guides incomplete, students say

first_imgAs students select their classes over the next few weeks, most will turn to the advice of friends rather than online course review sites, which some say are incomplete and incomprehensive.There are a number of online course review options available to students, including the Undergraduate Student Government’s Course Guide, ratemyprofessor.com and the university’s course evaluation website. Many students, however, do not find any of these options particularly useful.“I’ve found that I trust my friends’ judgments,” said Blake Spencer, a sophomore majoring in business administration.The university’s site provides statistical data based on the course evaluations distributed in classes each semester, which consists of 12 questions on a scale of one (poor) through five (excellent). Ratemyprofessor.com and USG’s site offer numerical data and free response questions.“We hope that as many students as possible participate, and if they don’t, then the data is not as accurate,” said Gene Bickers, vice provost for undergraduate programs.The site features reviews dating back a number of years and is particularly helpful if searching for a professor who has not taught in a while, said Bickers. A user can search by school or professor and download results into a Microsoft Excel file.The data is not enough for some students, however.“It’s kind of helpful, but not really,” said Alan Chang, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “There’s nowhere to comment.”Many students agreed they prefer the course guides that include free response answers.“I try to see what people say about the professor’s effectiveness and whether or not they’re easy to learn from and if they’re boring,” said Vivien Lee, a senior majoring in East Asian languages and cultures and psychology, who said she most often uses ratemyprofessor.com.USG’s website also includes free response answers, but because the site was relaunched only two years ago, many courses and professors are still missing.All of the information collected on the course guide website is voluntary information from students.Each student who logs on responds to five general questions — such as how effective was the course in achieving its goals and how interesting was the course on a scale of one (not effective) through seven (very effective) — followed by four free response questions and overall course recommendation percentages.“Students can get a more holistic look,” said Andrew Matson, USG director of academic affairs. “The site provides students with more information to make their own judgments on each course.”Still, because it is voluntary, the offerings are incomplete.“I feel like they’re pretty effective, I just wish there were more reviews,” Lee said.USG plans to launch an advertising campaign around the time of the registration period this semester to let people know about the course guide and encourage students to use the site.“If we could get more students to use the course guide, it would be perfect,” Matson said. “The more you help, the more you help everyone.”Students feel there is no one source that has all of the answers when searching for course evaluation information, and USC’s sites are no exception.“It gives you a general idea so you know what to expect when you first see your professor, but other than that, it’s not really helpful,” Chang said.In the end, most students say they choose to rely on information from friends.“A large part of it is asking people who have already taken classes,” said Michael Soh, a freshman majoring in civil engineering who was not aware of how to access the course evaluation resources USC offers.last_img read more

Closed hearing to evaluate Blansett mental competency evaluation set for May

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A closed hearing has been tentative set for May 14, at 4 p.m. in Sumner County District Court to discuss a Larned State Hospital mental competency evaluation report of Lindsey Nicole Blansett, who is charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son at her home on Dec. 14, 2014.The hearing will be behind closed doors and involve a video teleconference with a psychologist of the mental competency evaluation. It will also include county attorney Kerwin Spencer, defense attorney Mike Brown and Judge Scott McQuin to determine if Blansett is competent to stand trial in Sumner County.Spencer said the hearing will not be public in fear that to do so will taint a future jury pool. He said the hearing will review possible evidence that could be admissible or inadmissible for trial.Blansett, who was in attendance today in court, has returned from Larned where she undertook an extensive mental evaluation. She is currently in custody at Sumner County Jail. The judge will determine through the mental evaluation report, whether or not Blansett is mentally capable of understanding the nature of the proceedings or whether she should remain in custody of a mental institution.Blansett has been charged with first degree murder of Caleb Blansett, a 10-year-old Lincoln Elementary student in Wellington. She is accused of using a rock and knife multiple times leading to his death.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down cindymartin · 277 weeks ago My personal opinion is let’s get this over with!! She did it. Everyone knows she did it. Everyone wants her gone. Justice for Caleb. This is all that matters. Report Reply 0 replies · active 277 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 277 weeks ago If she’s currently in the Sumner County Jail then she must be mentally competent or she would be at Larned right? Report Reply 0 replies · active 277 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Watanga FC Continue Impressive Unbeaten Run

first_imgWatanga have so far won five connective games.Watanga FC on Wednesday, March 27, extended their winning streak in the 2019 Liberia Football Association (LFA)-Orange league season to five games.This followed their 3-1 victory over FC Fassell at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata, Margibi County.Elijah Clarke extended his goals to six after firing home left foot shot in the 38th minute to put his side in front. Clarke’s goals were enough to send his team for the first half break with a one goal lead.Isaac Popo made it 2-0 midway through the second half, before FC Fassell scored a consolation through Dennis Kolekah to change the scores to 2-1.Watanga finally took full control after Milton Symthe scored an own goal in the 79th minute.An opportunity for FC Fassell to another consolation came in the 82nd minute after they were awarded a penalty, but the opportunity was wasted by Fred C. Mombo, whose shot traveled over the cross bar.The result means Watanga now have 15 points from five games. They will travel away to the blue field on Friday, March 29 for their next fixture.In the early kickoff at the same venue, Monrovia Club Breweries and NPA Anchors settled to a 2-2 draw.At the North Star Stadium, Nimba United secured a 1-0 win against Nimba FC to move third on the league table. At the Dorris Williams Sports Pitch in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, defender Daniel Woto’s late goal helped BYC to settle to a 1-1 draw.Small Town FC game was rescheduled due to the death of their CEO Adolph Lawrence, while LISCR game was also rescheduled due to the absence of their two goalkeepers that are on national duty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more