Why not Take Advantage?

Kyle Phelps

Knowing that Longwood University only has a 42% graduation rate still will not force people to find a solution to improve this number.  People will always resist or resent the fact that if someone comes up with a solution they will not take the opportunity to use it.  That is why I am well aware of the fact that the solution that I have come up with that many people will resist or resent it from the start.  I have thought of a few people and groups that will not like my idea of having a program on the weekend and having a class if they do so choose to take to help them graduate on time and get into the real world quicker to where they can start there next chapter in life.

Groups that would resent or resist my idea of having each student to have the same level of preparedness there must be a mandatory four day even just like New Lancer Days for the transfer students to attend.  This would help out the transfer students in a big way and that leads to improving their academic and social skills which in the long run leads to a better four year graduation rate for Longwood University.  New transfer students should have to be attending a mandatory weekend event on their first weekend on campus so they can get acquainted with Longwood University.  In addition, if they feel like they need to take a class like LSEM they can if they want too.  There may be some resistance to this idea because some people may feel they already been in college and transferred here and should feel ready right when they get here but that is not always the case.

Students may resist this idea because they are sometimes lazy and do not want to have to go to a program on the weekend and have to sign up for an extra class.  They may not want to spend their weekend going to a program but instead would rather hang out with friends.  Also the parents may not like this idea of having to spend more money on an extra class for their child.  In addition, the faculty may resist this solution because they may feel as if the transfer students has already been going to a college school for the past two years and should already know how college life is by now.  Also the faculty may not want to come in on the weekend for a few hours when they have already been working all week. 

Hopefully people will take the opportunity and take the time to set aside a few hours of their weekend to help better their future and get into the real world sooner rather than later.

Lets Find a Solution

Kyle Phelps

            The issue that I have noticed while attending Longwood University for the past four years is the new freshman have a New Lancer Days experience and have to attend LSEM, a one credit class that you have to pass in order to graduate.  The current standing issue is transfer students arriving here at Longwood in the spring semester or a new freshman on campus, whom decided to wait a semester before coming to college. This unfortunate circumstance leaves them unable to find anything on campus, nor do they know what to expect here at Longwood University. This is all do to Longwood not providing an LSEM class or New Lancer Days in the spring semester.  Thus the students are “thrown” into college without any knowledge beforehand, knowledge about the school, the location of things on campus, or given a peer mentor to help guide/aide them in the beginning of their college years.  This may very well affect why Longwood only has a 42% four year graduation rate.

            Transfer students are encouraged to attend TransFORM in August of each year.  This program provides an extended one day orientation.  Students hear from Longwood administrators, representatives from Residential and Commuter Life, the Office of First year Experience and Family Programs, meet over brunch with a Peer Mentor, and have an opportunity to learn more about the Farmville community by visiting a community fair called “The Complete Lancer.”  See the thing about the TransFORM program is that it is only encouraged for the transfer student to attend and if they decide to go it is only a one day event.  Yes it is good that they have this program, but it has to be mandatory like it is for the new freshman fall class.  In addition, New Lancer Days is a four day event which tells me that there is no way that they can give four days worth of information in just one day, thus the transfer student not knowing as much as the freshman fall class. 

In order for each student to have the same level of preparedness there must be a mandatory four day even just like New Lancer Days for the transfer students to attend.  This would help out the transfer students in a big way and that leads to improving their academic and social skills which in the long run leads to a better four year graduation rate for Longwood University.

New transfer students should have to be attending a mandatory weekend event on their first weekend on campus so they can get acquainted with Longwood University.  In addition, if they feel like they need to take a class like LSEM they can if they want too.  There may be some resistance to this idea because some people may feel they already been in college and transferred here and should feel ready right when they get here but that is not always the case.

 

What Needs to Change?

Kyle Phelps

            The issue that I have noticed while attending Longwood University for the past four years is the new freshman have a New Lancer Days experience and have to attend LSEM, a one credit class that you have to pass in order to graduate.  The current standing issue is transfer students arriving here at Longwood in the spring semester or a new freshman on campus, whom decided to wait a semester before coming to college. This unfortunate circumstance leaves them unable to find anything on campus, nor do they know what to expect here at Longwood University. This is all do to Longwood not providing an LSEM class or New Lancer Days in the spring semester.  Thus the students are “thrown” into college without any knowledge beforehand, knowledge about the school, the location of things on campus, or given a peer mentor to help guide/aide them in the beginning of their college years.  This may very well affect why Longwood only has a 42% four year graduation rate.

            Transfer students are encouraged to attend TransFORM in August of each year.  This program provides an extended one day orientation.  Students hear from Longwood administrators, representatives from Residential and Commuter Life, the Office of First year Experience and Family Programs, meet over brunch with a Peer Mentor, and have an opportunity to learn more about the Farmville community by visiting a community fair called “The Complete Lancer.”

            See the thing about the TransFORM program is that it is only encouraged for the transfer student to attend and if they decide to go it is only a one day event.  Yes it is good that they have this program, but it has to be mandatory like it is for the new freshman fall class.  In addition, New Lancer Days is a four day event which tells me that there is no way that they can give four days worth of information in just one day, thus the transfer student not knowing as much as the freshman fall class.

            In order for each student to have the same level of preparedness there must be a mandatory four day even just like New Lancer Days for the transfer students to attend.  This would help out the transfer students in a big way and that leads to improving their academic and social skills which in the long run leads to a better four year graduation rate for Longwood University.

What Needs to be Done?

Kyle Phelps

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            The issue that I have noticed while attending Longwood University for the past four years is the new freshman have a New Lancer Days experience and have to attend LSEM, a one credit class that you have to pass in order to graduate.  The current standing issue is transfer students arriving here at Longwood in the spring semester or a new freshman on campus, whom decided to wait a semester before coming to college. This unfortunate circumstance leaves them unable to find anything on campus, nor do they know what to expect here at Longwood University. This is all do to Longwood not providing an LSEM class or New Lancer Days in the spring semester.  Thus the students are “thrown” into college without any knowledge beforehand, knowledge about the school, the location of things on campus, or given a peer mentor to help guide/aide them in the beginning of their college years.  This may very well affect why Longwood only has a 42% four year graduation rate. 

            Longwood University has a history of being a great school and they continue to say that today.  In order to be a great school you must have students come here and graduate on the normal schedule of 4 years.  Longwood University has a 42% four year graduation rate which is terrible.  In order to better that statistic a step could be to help the transfer students become more accustomed to the college life in order to do well and graduate on time thus helping Longwood University higher their percentage of four year graduation students.   

            The stakeholders that are affected by Longwood not having these programs, such as LSEM and New Lancer Days, are those people consisting of the new spring semester students.  They are affected because they are not well equipped on being ready for the college experience and work load as much as the new students who attended the previous fall semester.  This may lead them into doing poorly in school which contributes to the 42% 4-year graduation rate.  Other stakeholders include the student’s parents or guardians who are paying Longwood for their child to go to school. 

            The step that needs to be taken in order to prevent this is too start considering ways on how to have a program that helps the transfer students too have like the fall semester students do.  Maybe one weekend have a seminar that they need to attend and an LSEM class to attend for a couple of weeks.  There are many ways to equal the gap of preparedness from the fall and spring semester students.

What Are We Going To Do?

Kyle Phelps

            The specific problem that is happening when spring semester students do not have the same upbringing into the college life than the fall semester students have.  That being fall semester students have Lsem and New Lancer Days and the spring semester students do not, thus making it more difficult for them to adapt to the college life which then may impact their performance in the classroom.  That in itself may help the reason why Longwood University only has a 42% four year graduation rate. 

            The two positions on this argument is that of Longwood University and that of the students and their families or whoever is paying for their education.  Longwood believes that not having an Lsem or New Lancer days for the spring semester students is okay because they have never had something for the new spring semester students.  The other side is that of the side of the new spring semester student who has no idea where things are on campus or had the time to make new friends and get adapted to the college life here at Longwood University.  That may lead to more money being spent by them or whoever is paying for their education and also the reason why Longwood has a very low four year graduation rate of 42%.

            The new spring semester students state their case by not being prepared enough to be in a bigger University than a community college or first time at a University and they feel alone and sad and that affects their performance in class and they do not graduate on time.  I asked Tim Pierson about this problem and he said “That you make some valid points and says that Oktoberfest and Springfest are held both semesters and that is a great way to learn about the school and that if any student needs help they a welcomed to come to my office and talk to me” (Pierson, Tim).  He also said that they are thinking about making more programs for the spring semester just like New Lancer days.

            Tim Pierson says that students can come to his office and talk to him but new students will not do that because Pierson is not a teacher and new students do not even know who he is.  He says he is thinking about making new programs for the spring semester students but how soon will he make this happen.  He keeps saying he is going to do this and that but yea anybody can say that but there needs to be a certain date to when these things need to happen so that students can get the right education on college life here at Longwood University.

 

Tim Pierson

I asked him those questions and I used him as a source and he gave me some good answers and it is good to hear that he thinks I have some good points and he wants to fix them.

Longwood Affecting Families

Kyle Phelps

            The stakeholders that are affected by Longwood not having a program such as Lsem and New Lancer Days for the new spring semester students and transfers and that contributing too why Longwood only has a 42% 4-year graduation rate are many people.  Those people consist of the new spring semester students that being a new freshman who waited a semester until they went too Longwood or a transfer student from either another school or a community college.  They are affected because they are not well equipped on being ready for the college life as much as the new students who went to school in the fall semester.  This may lead them into doing poorly in school which contributes to the 42% 4-year graduation rate.  Other stakeholders include the student’s parents or guardian who is paying Longwood for their child to go to school.  Since their child does not get the chance to have Lsem and go through the New Lancer Days and that leading to not graduating in four years and that is more money that the parents or guardians have to pay which may lead to some tough times financially for them as family to go through just because of Longwood not giving their child the proper way to get acquainted with the college life style.  In addition, if the student does not graduate in four years and have to come back for another semester or two then they might lose job opportunities that would have been there for them if they have graduated on time but instead they have to come back to school to finish up all their classes.  That can be a huge thing in life where you could have had a job waiting for you but instead you have to go back to school and you missed out on a great opportunity that may not be there when you get out.  If Longwood just had a program for each new student then you would see students getting more jobs and even get jobs quicker.  Also families who need money could save money by having their child graduate in four years and have extra money that they can use to help out the family in what they need.  I think more students would want to come here for school if the graduation rate went up and have a program in the spring semester to help new students can diffidently make that happen.

 

 

http://www.longwood.edu/newstudent/newlancerdays.htm

 

Used this to look at the New Lancer Days and how it is only during fall semester and not for the spring semester.  Shows what it’s all about and things and how it is supposed to help.

Numbers Don’t Lie

Kyle Phelps

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            The issue that I have noticed or have become aware of since attending Longwood University since 2010 is that the school provides a class known as Lsem and has a program call New Lancer Days where new students attending Longwood University in the fall semester have to attend.  This class a program is mandatory for new students and it helps them to become acquainted with the college life style and helps them adjust to what is going on around them.  Also includes speakers and alumni that share about the college life style and how to make sure you stay on track and get things done to graduate on time.  Also Lsem teaches the new students how to get their way around campus and adjust to Longwood.  My argument is not until the new students who transfer or waited a semester to attend a college and come to Longwood.  There is no program such as New Lancer Days or a class such as Lsem in the spring semester.  Those students are just thrown into college without any help or what to do or how to adjust to the college life style.  They have to figure everything out on their own and adjust in a slower rate than someone who attended Longwood in the fall semester because they were given a mandatory class and program to attend that helps them a lot in adjusting to college.  Longwood is always talking about how they are one of the best schools in Virginia and how everybody should come here.  I was looking at the top colleges in Virginia and the top ones were the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and William and Mary.  The University of Virginias four year graduation rate was 87%, Virginia Tech was 59%, and William and Mary was 83%.  Those top three schools average is at 76% four year graduation rate while Longwood is not even close to that at a terrible 42% four year graduation rate.  Longwood says it is one of the best colleges in Virginia but by the facts it is one of the worst as in four year graduation rates.  If Longwood were too have an Lsem class or a program such as New Lancer days for all the new spring semester students so that they can feel comfortable from the beginning to do well in class and have good grades and they may lead to a higher four year graduation rate.  Students that come in the spring semester might feel alone and left out and they may hinder their performance in class and that gives them bad grades or fail a class in which leads them not being able to graduate in four years and our percentage stays low but if they were helped out like the fall semester students they would feel more comfortable and perform better in class and then graduate in four years raising the percentage up instead of down.

 

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/liberty-university-10392

            I used this website to look at all the percentages of all the colleges in the state of Virginia.  The statistics are good and shows a lot about a University and where they rank among the best.

Not Fair For New Spring Students

Kyle Phelps

            The issue that I have noticed while attending Longwood for the past four years is that the new freshman have New Lancer Days and have to attend Lsem which is a one credit class that you have to pass in order to graduate.  The purpose of New Lancer Days and Lsem is too get the new freshman students ready for classes and just getting them ready for college here at Longwood.  It gets the new students ready to go and for them to know what is coming their way.  Also lets them get used to the college life style and also where things are located on campus so that you are well prepared for your first day of classes.  The issue is that a transfer student arrives here at Longwood in the spring semester or maybe a new freshman that decided to wait a semester before coming to college and they have no idea what to expect or where anything is on campus.  That is because Longwood does not have Lsem or New Lancer Days for the spring semester.  The students then are just thrown into college without any knowledge beforehand about the school and where things are on campus or taught about the college life style.  The spring students can start to feel like they do not belong here or feel really home sick.  There grades might suffer because of this issue because they might feel lost and lonely and not want to go to class or do their school work.  Put all of those into consideration and that student may start feeling that that they need to transfer to a different school or go back home because they do not feel at home here all because they were not adjusted beforehand.  Longwood has a terrible graduation rate that only fifty percent of students graduate on time in four years.  Also Longwood has a high dropout rate of freshman and that not having Lsem or New Lancer Days in the spring for those new students may be why.  If Longwood just does something that the new spring students can attend that helps them with adapting to being at Longwood University then some of the bad percentages that we see with freshman students dropping out or the students do not graduate on time within four years may get better and improve.  Longwood has to take care of this issue immediately so that students here can strive to success and bring in more students for the upcoming school years.  Longwood needs to make every student feel welcomed and feel at home while attending here so that every student can strive to whatever they want to eventually succeed in their life.  Longwood is great but we can definitely make it better for everyone if we take care of this important issue I believe.

 

 

   http://collegestats.org/college/longwood-university/admissions

I used this as just a starting source to see some of Longwood statistics.  The graduation rate is only 64% which is not that great.  I will diffidently look into other sources to help my research.