Monday, April 25, 2016

Final Week

Well, I never thought this day would come but it's here! My last week of fieldwork. Wow. Things have been quiet around the office since the students are on break this week, and it's quite an adjustment from what I've gotten used to. Over lunch was my final meeting with the faculty, and it was another G & P meeting to discuss any potential student issues. Overall, things are going well but everyone was reminded that if a student fails or withdraws it affects their GPA. For example, a student who fails fieldwork may not be able to graduate with the 3.0 required. Why? Because fieldwork is considered a full course load (full time) for 9 or 12 hours. Which in turn takes a huge hit to a student's GPA.

The other issue discussed during the meeting is the interview process. Does it need to be changed, and if so, how? Is there a way to identify students who may struggle in the curriculum early on? These are questions the faculty members are constantly faced with, and I'm not sure there was a final answer.

Overall, the meeting was much less formal than what I'd previously seen, most likely because of students not being on campus so the professors were feeling more laid back and not under so much stress.


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