Speak now or forever hold your peace; students have their say with...

Speak now or forever hold your peace; students have their say with accreditors

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The Accreditation board sits and hears reviews of and suggestions for LCC from Lane Students on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Photo by: August Frank
The Accreditation board sits and hears reviews of and suggestions for LCC from Lane Students on Wednesday, Oct. 29.Photo by: August Frank

The Accreditation board sits and hears reviews of and suggestions for LCC from Lane Students on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Photo by: August Frank

Ella Jones
Reporter


Not all of the comments to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditors were flattering at the open student forum held on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Building 19, Room 241.

Approximately 20 students attended the forum to give their input on all things Lane Community College. Students described their experiences at Lane in a dialog with the accreditors and each other.

They were asked questions such as:

• what they felt were the benefits of Lane

• what their opinions were on the opportunities to be involved in student government

•whether they felt like they had input on the new library space

•if they would know where to go if they had a concern at Lane,

• if they felt like they were getting the expected outcome of a class.

Initial comments were positive, with many students expressing that teachers: knew what they were doing, wanted student success, were always available to provide extra help and formed great one-on-one relationships. Students wanted the accreditors to know how grateful they were for the quality of education they’re receiving and the student support programs Lane offers.

However, students spent much time complaining about the complaint system. They feel that their voices are not being heard and that some staff members don’t have enough training to do their jobs. Students said that finding needed resources for things like degree requirements and financial aid is very difficult and frustrating.

In the hour-long open forum, the LCC students in attendance seized their opportunity to speak their minds about their school.

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