University continues to look for input on SAGES
Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: News
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The forum, which has been held each semester since 2002, has sometimes pitted students against faculty as each side criticized the other for lack of insight, preparation, and willingness to do more than the minimum requirements.
Debate became heated over issues of student advising and the ability of seminar instructors to effectively lead discussion as well as their severe lack of consistent expectations.
Though promoted as being moderated by university president Barbara Snyder, the forum was ultimately moderated by provost Bud Baeslack. More than 100 undergraduate students and faculty attended, with the aim of addressing SAGES openly and academically. The purpose of this forum, and the Greek Life/UCITE forums in general, was to foster academic debate between the Case community at large and a panel chosen jointly by Greek Life and UCITE.
The panel was composed of SAGES instructors John Orlock, Christine Hudak, and Nárcisz Fejes, as well as undergraduate students Ari Kanters and Dan Bloomberg. Each was chosen by Greek Life and UCITE to represent a particular, although not necessarily positive, viewpoint of the SAGES program. Attendees ranged from undergraduate students to adjunct professors, but was populated most densely by undergraduates of Greek affiliation. The format of the discussion, much like a traditional debate, allowed panelists to make remarks at the beginning and end, with a mediated conversation at the heart.
Topics discussed centered almost exclusively on two aspects of the SAGES curriculum: first-year advising and inconsistent expectations. A brief show of hands revealed roughly half of the students were satisfied with their SAGES experience in general, but the vast majority expressed disappointment or frustration with the advising system particularly.