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STUDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PANEL ASSESSING QUALITY OF EDUCATION

October 5, 1993

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Faculty 20, Students 0.

There are 20 Kansas University faculty but no students on committees appointed by KU administrators to assess the education provided undergraduate and graduate students.

Tim Dawson, KU student body vice president, said today that he believes students should be included on the committees, announced Friday.

"They may have a different outlook,"Dawson said.

The committees will be asked to determine by next spring if the education KU offers to freshmen and sophomores as well as graduate students measures up to goals the university set for itself and to recommend changes.

David Shulenburger, vice chancellor for academic affairs, said university officials deliberately excluded students from the task forces.

"This is quite intentional. It's meant to be from the faculty perspective," said Shulenburger, who appointed the 13-member Freshman-Sophomore Academic Experience Committee.

"We're trying to look at the academic program. And the academic program is set by faculty," he said.

Shulenburger said faculty on the committees would seek input from students through individual conversations, focus groups and surveys.

The seven members of the Graduate Student Academic Experience Committee were selected by Andrew Debicki, dean of the graduate school.

Debicki said students would likely be added to the graduate committee later.

"Right now I want a faculty member's perspective on what's going on with students' education," Debicki said. "Students' opinion will be absolutely essential. The faculty will filter student opinion."

Allan Cigler, professor of political science and chair of the freshman-sophomore committee, said the panels would fulfill an important function.

Universities should undergo the most basic of assessments periodically, he said.

"This is a committee that really asks the faculty to assess whether we're doing the job for our students," Cigler said. "It's a very general kind of thing."

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