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TSUS Student Advisory Board to bring up access codes

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Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 22:02

Sam Houston State University students have the opportunity to have their concerns with the university heard on the state level in February.

The Texas State University System Board of Regents meets quarterly to discuss issues presented by eight different universities, one of which is SHSU. Deadline for the university to submit proposed agenda items was Jan. 23, although it is unclear what items SHSU brought to the board.

However, the BOR Student Advisory Board is where students have an avenue to voice issues they find important.

Student Body President Ramiro Jaime, Jr., serves on the board and hopes to bring the use of textbook access codes (and how he thinks they’re bad for quality education) to the knowledge of TSUS.

“You go to class, and you have to purchase books for that class and, hey, that’s college, I get it,” Jaime said. “But a lot of professors… require you to buy an access code, which vary [in price] but is somewhere usually around $100. It directs you online to online sources where they have homework, quizzes and tests.”

Jaime said this takes the teaching out of teaching in college and is a trend that he hopes to be stopped.

“All a professor has to do is show up to class, read a PowerPoint and then you take your homework, quizzes and tests online,” he said. “Then all the professor has to do is go online, get your grades and turn them into the university. We don’t need to pay professors $90,000 to read me a PowerPoint and send me to an Internet site. I’m paying tuition to be taught, not read a PowerPoint.”

The cost of these access codes is also of concern to Jaime, and he hopes to address professors and the university about this issue in order to have it resolved by Fall 2014.

During the 2012-2013 Student Government Association administration led by then-president Shane Rankin, the organization hosted a series of open forums for students to come and present the issues they hoped to have addressed during that year’s meeting. Jaime said he will host these forums again in conjunction with SGA’s Student Affairs Committee.

“The idea is there,” Jaime said. “Student affairs is starting up, so we hope to have that done real soon.”

The Board of Regents meeting will be held Feb. 27-28 at Texas State University in San Marcos. The final agenda for the meeting will be available Feb. 13. All Board of Regents meetings will be streamed online starting in 2014.

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