Fred Rhodes, a co-curricular transcript consultant, and Wendy Holbrook, assistant vice president for student engagement, leadership and service, presented an upcoming program to SGA Nov. 26, with an ambition to allow students additional opportunities for their out-of-class involvements to be acknowledged.

All activities, meetings and other student involvement will be recorded on co-curricular transcripts under one of these four sections: Personal and Leadership Development, Community and Service Learning, Multicultural Awareness and Education, Life and Care Development and Experiential.  

The purpose of this transcript is to allow students a leg up when applying for internships and future jobs. Rhodes explained that by having this transcript employers will have the students’ accomplishments readily available.

Rhodes aspires to possibly have this transcript be made official by including a signature from the Registrar, just like an academic transcript. Considering the Registrar sits on the Co-Curricular Committee, this seems like a feasible ambition.  

“We are helping you [the students] be more intentional about your experience outside of the classroom,” Rhodes said.

More and more companies and internships want to know more about applicants than just their academic qualifications. They want to know who applicants are as individuals, and what drives them forward.

Rhodes believes co-curricular transcripts will exemplify students’ identities and other employable skills.

“We just think people need a little nudge in the right direction – because it’s hard enough to know what you want out of a college experience  –and articulate the skill set that comes with it,” Rhodes said.

Holbrook added that the program will not only test students’ ability to show up to academic events or maintain involvement, but will also communicate exactly what students have learned from their experiences.

To complete a co-curricular transcript students must complete and track an event or involvement in each of the four categories for four years. However, this program would not be required for UCA students. It’s merely an optional route for students looking to have documentation of their achievements and involvement.

President Joshua Eddinger-Lucero gave insight onto the Co-Curricular Committee. According to Eddinger-Lucero, “[The] committee has been established consisting of faculty, staff and students to discuss, create and implement the co-curricular transcript program on campus.” Eddinger-Lucero confirmed, as of now, the committee is actively discussing the possibility of a pilot group in the spring 2019 semester. They will use this to test the program. However, the anticipated campus-wide launch isn’t expected until fall 2019.       

For the remainder of the meeting, an intense debate took place regarding a motion made to allow class Presidents and Vice-Presidents to run adjoining campaigns. During the summer of 2018, senators joint campaigned because there was no governing language within SGA’s constitution to prohibit their ability to. However, it was later nixed by a vote on the summer ballet because of its ambiguity within the actual voting process.

The senators argued back and forth about whether it was appropriate to call the student body to another vote after they had so recently voted on the motion. Junior Class President Cagney Kilgroe was one of the first to speak on the motion.

“I think it’s unfair for us to say that the students don’t read what they vote on. I have more faith in our students than that. I think it’s kind of dangerous, and unfair, and kind of undemocratic, quite frankly, for us to say the students voted on something and they didn’t really read it so we [SGA] know better,” Kilgroe said.

Sophomore Class Representative Amber DiPersia opposed Kilgroe’s opinion.

“The group of people that originally voted on this motion was such a small pool. I feel like if we want to give a fair representation to our students we need to have a lot more people voting on this,” DiPersia said. “I think it doesn’t reflect poorly on SGA by having to go back and vote again. I think it shows that we care enough to actually go back and vote as a full body.”

After much deliberation, the motion to allow the option of joint campaigning for future class Presidents and Vice-presidents passed through Senate and will be put on the spring 2019 ballot.

 

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