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ISSUE 2 omE 09/14/00
Elon ranks top in active learning
A national survey found that
Elon students are among the most
engaged and active learners in
American colleges and universities.
The 2000 National Survey of
Student Engagement reported that
nine out of ten Elon students said
their education at the college is ex
cellent or good.
According to the 180 fresh
men and seniors, who responded by
mail to the independent survey last
year, the faculty at Elon is approach
able, challenging and supportive.
NSSE provides colleges and
universities with information about
students views of higher education
at their particular institution.
The survey is administered
freshman and seniors last spring.
Over 63,000 students at 276 four-
year colleges responded. Forty-one
percent of the students who received
The survey specifically looks
at institutional actions and require
ments; curricular and instructional
expectations; the character of ex
ams and assignments; curricular and
institutional features; and faculty
and staff behavior.
Students were asked to re
spond to questions regarding their
behaviors both in and out of the
classroom and their reactions to their
Elon students ranked high in
most categories compared to the
nationalaverage. In response to the
question about internships, 91 per
cent of Elon students said they com
pleted or plan to do an internship.
The national average was 76 per
T wenty-eight percent of Elon
students worked with faculty on
activities other than coursework,
while the average was 12 percent.
see “SURVEY,” page 5
Service Week Concert to be relocated
Elon Service Week’s concert
celebration may have to relocate
from last year’s location, in front of
Koury Center due to the library
staff’s concern of noise disruption.
The second annual Elon Ser
vice Week, sponsored by SGA and
Elon Volunteers will come to an
end Oct. 1, with a concert to cel
ebrate the efforts of volunteerism
and hard work throughout the week.
But the event may not be able
to be held in front of Koury Center.
The free concert will begin at 2
p.m. and food and a beverage gar
den will be available.
Pat McGee Band is headlin
ing the show with opening acts
Mindflow and Montgomery Bums
Band. A DJ will be on hand to keep
the celebration going after the con
“Sunday afternoon is a big
time for students to study in the
library, especially graduate stu
dents,” Kate Hickey, Library Di
rector, said. “We just want to make
sure the concert will not be a disrup
tion to students studying in the li
brary during that time.”
An alternate location being
considered for the concert is the
area behind Moseley Center facing
the Loy Center. “We are trying to
accommodate all students using the
library during these hours,” John
Gardner, SGA president said.
see “CONCERT,” page 5
pnoto Dy Hillary Launey
Library acoustics cause problem with Service Day.
No more Elon College? Trustees to vote on possible University status
Jessica Rivelli to report back to the Board of Trust-
President Lambert spoke to
the executives and the senators of
the Student Government Associa
tion at Thursday’s meeting about
changing the name of Elon College
to Elon University. Hg gave a brief
background, some reasons behind
the name change and then yielded
the floor for questions.
The President first described
the task force, which was created in
June by the Board of Trustees. The
task force IS comprised of 16 mem
bers, and includes trustees , alumni,
administrators, faculty, staff and
students. The task force will be us-
jng feedback given during forums
ees on the campus’ reaction.
President Lambert high
lighted that in 1992, during the for
mulation of the Elon Vision, the
university question would be asked
at the end of the plan. Rhodes Sta
dium is the conclusion of that plan
and we are now moving into the
“There is no better time than
now to pose this question,” Presi
dent Lambert said.
Elon has changed in such dra
matic ways within the last eight or
so years, that some would say that
the Elon of today is not the Elon of
yesterday. Hence, the name should
There are four key reasons
behind the university title. Number
one, university more accurately de
scribes the size and nature of Elon’s
academics programs. Elon hosts 45
majors and three schools.
Two, many of Elon’s top ad
mission competitors hold the
title“university.” They include
Wake Forest University, Duke Uni
versity, UNC-Chapel Hill, Clemson
University and many more.
Third, most of Elon’s peer
institutions are universities. This
takes into consideration Elon’s
Carnegie Master’s one classifica
tion, association with New Ameri
can Colleges and NCAA Division I
Internationally, the term uni
versity is know for post-secondary
education, whereas the term col
lege is associated with high school
or boarding school in some coun
tries or regions.
President Lambert feels that
the key words in Elon’s title should
be “small, selective university.” He
mentioned slow-growth and pre
serving relationships all over the
campus is in the best interest of the
college. But, ultimately, President
Lambert agrees that this would be a
step towards a better future at Elon.
Another senator posed the
question, “What will happen to the
name of the town?” The President
mentioned that he had met with the
town council on Monday, and their
decision will likely head in the di
rection of dropping “college” and
Not all students are in favor
of this change. “If it’s not broke
don’t fix it,” said Alan Medeiros the
SGA social science chair.
Medeiros went on to com
ment that many students see Elon as
a small community. He pointed out
that we don’t have a Ph.D program,
a large endowment or library vol
umes that compare with universi-,
President Lambert responded
that Elon is looking into a Ph.D.
program in physical therapy. “Elon
has eyol ved in an honest way with a
rapid transformation, but we are
looking to keep Elon College within
A forum to discuss the
Univeristy versus College proposal
will be held today at 4 p.m. in Yeager
Recital Hall, Model Fine Arts Build