· Fund Foreign Language Programs!!!
· More classes offered for foreign languages
· Sign language as foreign language.
· Bring cooking classes to Rollins
· Academics need to be taken more seriously. Those with money and influence that go here rarely make the grades but they get to stay here. Rollins should only accept those deserving and courses should be rigorous and get rid of slakers.
o The cost of tuition should decrease, or give students more financial aid based more on academic achievement.
· Faculty really needs to support and get more involved with activities on campus.
· Open student records for schedule changes before classes start.
· An initiative should be made to recruit more professors so more courses are available year round and for students to complete their core requirements.
· Get rid of foreign language requirement
· Encourage personal achievement and not grade getting
o Grades reflect your effort, how can a professor measure your personal achievement?
§ One must suppose that it really is what you get out of it that makes it worth your while and your money, but we have to ask the question, “Would students try so hard if their efforts were not being put to the test by grades?”
I think one major issue on campus for me with which I would like to see changes made is: more foreign language classes offered, such as Sign Language and Italian. Perhaps we could even develop a Modern/Ancient Languages Major. The problem with funding more foreign language classes come from either, lack of interest from the students, lack of a professor, or literal lack of funding for the course. The lack of interest from the students probably comes from the foreign language requirement, because they are forced to study a language, and usually they go for the one they might have taken a class or two in high school, just so they can get the requirement and move on with their Major. In my past one year in a half at Rollins, I have seen two petitions attempting to bring more foreign language to Rollins, one for Arabic and the other for Italian. I know the Arabic petition passed, but I have seen no word regarding the Italian petition, which was unfortunate, because I really was hoping to take some Italian classes. I love foreign language. We can be more persistent in the petitions, try to recruit professors from other colleges to teach here, and we can fundraise for foreign language classes. We just need to have enough people who want this change enough that we can make an impact and seek out those who can help to get more foreign language classes possible.
Also, I believe an initiative should be made to recruit more professors so that more courses are available year round so that students can complete their core requirements. Classes offered every other year, or every other semester impede on a student’s ability to finish their core requirements. A student, who would like to start studying a foreign language from the beginning of the 100 level courses, cannot start until the Fall, even if they have room for the class in the Spring. When one professor does not teach the same course both semesters, there is an absence of that first course, and when a professor takes a leave of absence for any reason, the courses offered could be affected. We need a way to make sure those spots are filled. This issue has been going on for a long time I believe, and there are not many steps to fix the problem, except to make sure that when you schedule your classes, you make sure you will be able to complete your core requirements on time by using the Major/Minor/Gen Ed. Maps. If you want to be organized, and get ahead and make sure you are going to fulfill your requirements, I recommend that everyone take “Academic and Career Planning” in their first year here at Rollins, or as soon as you can. I think it should be a required course for Freshmen, and perhaps we could even split that course into “Academic Planning” as one course, and “Career Planning” as another course for your Junior Year or so. This class was so helpful in showing me how to plan out my 4 years here at Rollins, that I personally have not had much of a problem with meeting my core requirements. 3 Semesters about to pass and I only need 3 more Gen. Eds. If we cannot get more professors per semester, than we need to teach our students how to organize their education and see what will work for them.