Starting Fall 2010, granting student access to the summary information of the Marquette On-Line Course BY KATE NEWMAN Evaluation System (MOCES) will change the way Marquette students choose classes. Currently, students are required to participate in MOCES at the commencement of each semester without seeing the results or information collected from the evaluation. The information is simply gathered and saved to promote department chairs and showed to college deans used in cases of promotion and tenure. However, MUSG feels that evaluations would enhance students’ academic experience if they were also visible to students. This year a group of senators worked on legislation, presented the idea to the full MUSG senate and reviewed it with academic advisors. After creating surveys, speaking with the Provost of Marquette University and presenting ideas to the academic senate, the idea was on its way to becoming a reality. In a student survey conducted by MUSG in October 2009, 53 percent of students use online professor rating websites, which hold no standards or regulations. Therefore, MOCES will provide students unbiased information from anonymous course evaluations completed by their peers from past semesters.
THE FUTURE OF COURSE EVALUATIONS
Great Things MUSG
Has Ach i eved I n 2009 ‐ 201 0
1) Need to check your email in between classes? MUSG worked with the AMU to add additional computer kiosks.
2) Tired of waiting for a treadmill? MUSG funded the upcoming feasibility study and proposed plans for a new recreation center. 3) Unhappy with campus dining quality? MUSG confirmed plans to overhaul Mashuda dining hall and renovate McCormick dining hall for next year. 4) Concerned about off-campus street lighting? MUSG passed out energy efficient light bulbs to make the Marquette community safer. 5) Need more time at Club Raynor? MUSG made the 2nd floor of the library and bridge open 24 hours. 6) Traffic out of control? MUSG encouraged the city to make improvements on campus to increase pedestrian safety. These improvements will include repainting bike lanes, adding larger curbs on 17th and Kilbourn, and a pedestrian walking sign in between Clybourn and Wisconsin 7) Paying too much for books? MUSG endorsed a rental textbook program to potentially be offered at Book Marq in the future. 8) Do you have a concern about Marquette? MUSG hosted two Father Wild Forums and a Sodexo Forum this year. Something still not right? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will have access to anonymous answers to four questions: * How was this class as a whole? * How was the content of this class? * How was the instructor’s contribution to this class? * How effective was the instructor in this class? Any post ever contributed by a single student will be visible to future students. "In the future, our goal is to have ten questions students can go back to and look at before picking classes,” said Executive Vice President Joseph Ciccone. MUSG is currently in the process of working out final logistics and taking steps to make this idea become a reality.
SODEXO FORUM RECAP BY KATIE FANELLA
On April 19, MUSG, the Residence Hall Association, Marquette University administration and Sodexo hosted the first open forum dedicated to the university’s food service. The event allowed students to voice questions and concerns in regards to campus dining to a panel composed of Marquette University administration and Sodexo representatives. Major topics included meal plan rates, sustainability and future plans for the dining halls. Several students questioned the discrepancy between the amount they pay for food per swipe and the amount it takes to actually produce the food. The panel stressed that the meal plan rates do not just cover the cost of food, but also the cost of the 650 Sodexo employees on campus, the dining services from 7 a.m. until midnight and the utility costs at all the campus dining establishments. Students proposed that Sodexo and Marquette University work together to become more transparent so students are able to see exactly where their money is going. The panel also addressed questions about the flat rates of each food swipe. Since eating habits vary from student to student, many feel as if they are not getting the full value for
their swipe. Both Sodexo and Marquette are working to restructure the dining plan so that meals are more reflective of how much students are actually paying for food. Though the meal plan rates have already been established for next year, the administration stressed that there will definitely be changes by the 2011-2012 school year.
As the issue of sustainability becomes more and more of a concern for students around campus, the forum began with a presentation on “The Better Tomorrow Plan,” Sodexo’s plan to improve sustainability within all of their efforts. The plan, which launched in October of 2009, is based on three priorities: environment; nutrition, health and wellness; and local communities. It also includes 14 commitments, such as conserving water, reducing carbon intensity and promoting the sourcing of sustainable equipment and supplies. Though locally-grown foods are one of Sodexo’s main priorities, students expressed disappointment with the fact that Sodexo only works with six local farms for food products.
Since there are a large number of farms throughout the state of Wisconsin, students feel this number could easily be increased. Sodexo attributed this to the fact that prime growing season is typically when school is not in session. Sodexo announced their plans for several of the residence halls on campus. The vendor plans to offer a 50’s-style diner concept at Mashuda Hall, which will offer milkshakes and breakfast all day, and a new design and efficient operation at McCormick Hall. The renovations at Mashuda Hall and McCormick Hall have been approved to begin work over the summer and are scheduled to be completed by the upcoming fall semester. Straz Tower improvements will focus on health, wellness and local sustainability; however, the timeline has yet to be confirmed. Both Sodexo and Marquette administration encourage students to provide any feedback they have in regards to suggestions or concerns for campus dining. Email your questions or concerns to email@example.com.
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