Student leaders presented this year’s top five issues, as chosen by a student survey, at the Delegates’ Agenda on October 31. The top issues are academic programs, athletic facilities, communications, housing and financial issues.
Academic programs committee will look into how to better schedule classes, especially for major requirements and for the Global Citizenship program, as well as the challenges of double majors and the class offerings at Webster’s study abroad sites. The committee for athletics presented issues such as space for athletics and recreation, in particular the weight rooms, training and locker rooms.
Student leaders Zoe Burton and Shiloh Bradley presented the communication issues, citing a need for a website consistency, personalized alerts and a greater use of social media. The housing committee addressed the pricing and maintenance of student housing as well as a need for more housing options and renovations to the buildings.
The fifth topic presented was financial issues. Leaders Lisa Camp and Dipti Pathre discussed bookstore prices and the ability to charge a student’s account, issues regarding student employment and student health insurance as well as more financial aid and scholarship options.
The Delegates’ Agenda is a nationally recognized program where student leaders address issues pertaining to the student experience to the administration. Together, the student leaders and the administration work to find solutions to better student life at Webster’s home campus in Webster Groves.
The process began with a survey sent to undergraduate and graduate students. Then, the Student Government Association (SGA) reviewed the results of the survey and determined the top five topics students at Webster University felt needed to be addressed. Student leaders of SGA then researched and presented each issue before splitting into committees to further address the issues.
The committees will present again in April to review the progress made toward their issues.