October 1, 2016

Delegates’ Agenda takes hiatus

Webster’s Student Government Association (SGA) announced the Delegates’ Agenda will take a hiatus during the spring semester to work on the format of the program.

SGA President Caroline Wiley said to ensure the future of Delegates’ Agenda, the forum offered by Webster every semester giving students a chance to voice concerns on campus and hear a rebuttal from administration, will not be held this spring. Instead, a committee will be formed to evaluate what the agenda does right and what can be improved on.

“In order to make sure the Delegates’ Agenda is a program that is around for a long time, we wanted to get together a committee and see how it works now, and see how we can update it so it works just as well in the future and that it’s around for a long time,” Wiley said.

In a letter to administration, SGA detailed their plans for program review. According to the letter, SGA will appoint a committee of students, faculty, staff and administrators to review the current process, program and goals and make recommendations.

Wiley said while the agenda is not being offered, students can take advantage of President Elizabeth Stroble office hours offered throughout the semester and come to SGA’s Open Floor. She said the forum is a time for students to come to SGA meetings and talk about what is important to them.

The Delegates’ Agenda will return in the Fall of 2016 after the program review is completed.

“We want to continue the advancement of this program so that it can benefit not only ourselves but future generations of Gorloks as well. To do this, we would like to inform the administration that the Delegates’ Agenda will be taking a brief hiatus for Spring of 2016 in order to complete a thorough program review,” SGA wrote.

Wiley said since the agenda has been around for such a long time, it was a good time to adjust to some of the changes that have taken place over the years.

“The Delegates’ Agenda has been around for quite a long time, nearly two decades, and in an informal sense, maybe even longer than that. It’s extremely different now than when it was started,” Wiley said. “Over those several years quite a few things have changed.”

Wiley said one of the main changes the annual agenda has was the inclusion of an administrative response. She said Stroble’s idea to start the administrative response was a big change to the Delegates’ Agenda.

“It made it significantly different in the way we follow-up on the concerns we have or the suggestions we make,” Wiley said. “It has given the administration more of an opportunity to be directly involved in how the Delegates’ Agenda works. Which is good, but at the same time it changes how it works. When changes are made, it’s important the structure of the forum is updated in order to make it flow better for both parties.”

Wiley said the review will include students who have been a part of the agenda in the past, but that it is also important for students who have not partaken or had interest in the program to be heard as well.

“It’s highly anticipated, a lot of students make time to be a part of it or to come and hear the presentations,” Wiley said. “So it’s important that we take care of it [Delegates’ Agenda].”

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