Only two students were present at the second ECIC review meeting on March 29 when a faculty review committee attempted to solicit student opinion about the course tagging system.
Besides those in the media, SGA Vice President of Student Administration Estrella Vargas and SGA Vice President of Public Relations Emma Kaminski were the only students to attend. They told the faculty members that they did not think they had an accurate representation of the EC student body.
“But I feel all I can say is what others have told me, because my experience with the ECIC program has not been anything but positive,” Kaminski said.
“[The last ECIC meeting] was during SGA and most of our members didn’t even show up,” Kaminski commented in reference to the lack of student participation during the previous student-faculty meeting.
When Lu Doty, a member of the ECIC review board and EC professor of education, asked for opinions on what to do to better the student involvement, Kenneth Edison, managing editor of The Leader, sat down at the empty conference table to add to the conversation, although he was originally there to cover the meeting.
“I think that one of the main reasons why it’s hard to get a lot of student input on things like this is because when [students] come here it seems as [if] everything is set in its place at Elmhurst, and so I feel like people think that there is a very set curriculum in order to graduate and that no matter what the problems are they aren’t going to change,” he said.
Edison continued, “There might be some kind of issue with communicating to students that that is not necessarily the case and that the curriculum should be tailored to them. If more people knew that they would be eager to voice some of the things that don’t work out for them and not feel as though they’re the only ones facing those issues.”
Doty then asked for suggestions on how to better convey to students their importance to making changes at EC.
Edison responded with wanting there to be more communication between students and their advisors as well as more encouragement, rather than just receiving “bad news from the advisors.”
“Part of the problem is getting [students] to act beyond their own self interest,” Kaminski added, sparking laughter around the conference table.