New Educational Problems to be Solved in Ann Arbor

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20 responses to “New Educational Problems to be Solved in Ann Arbor

  • uofmwolverine

    One such problem I have seen is a lack of quiet study space for all students during exam time.

  • bposton216

    I wish that there were more smaller cafeteria type things (cafe style) in the major classroom buildings.

  • angelidk

    During my time as a student at UM, I’ve been frustrated with the textbook policy – often times Professors require students to buy multiple books that are very expensive and have little or no re-sale value because they are too specific to that individual class.

  • drockd19

    Outside of the Union, there needs to be some sort of way that students can walk across State street in a safe fashion without being hit by cars. If there were pedestrian walkway lights…that would be an easy way to fix the problem of mass groups of students walking in front of cars.

    Derek

  • swimmer1992

    I have an issue with staircases (and people in staircases) at the University. Firstly, the staircases are too narrow to handle the amount of student frantically rushing to class. Also students just do not know how to function in a stairwell. Everyone knows that stairs should work like driving: everyone stays to the right. This never happens. Students walk wherever they please which causes unnecessary juking and collisions. Students also need to put their cell phones away and focus while using the stairs. Standing there mesmerized by your phone is unacceptable. You’re in the way and some people need to get to class.

  • hollymj

    As a student at U of M, one thing that really frustrates me is how many printing pages we are allowed each semester. 400 might seem like a lot; however, with teachers starting to post more and more readings on-line as well as power point slides, 400 pages goes very quickly. It is also frustrating that even if you double side your documents, you are getting charged two pages.

    • seanhuff

      I find it difficult to stay energized on campus; vending machines have unhealthy food. I believe the University should be able to use its buying power to provide students with cheap Cafe alternatives.

  • swartc

    One problem that students face at the University of Michigan, and I suppose other colleges and universities, is that the course guide gives very limited information about the courses offered. Students must make an effort to contact the instructor for a syllabus (which still gives little information), ask a student who has taken the course or browse websites such as RateMyProfessor.com. The latter two options are very unreliable because they are biased opinions that reflect how that particular student did in the class or if the information presented interested them or not.

    This negatively affects the learning process because many students enroll in classes they will not like. Students then drop classes and scramble to find replacements. Some students who really want/need to take a class are not able to enroll because the class is full.

    How can we implement technology in course guides to accurately present classes offered at colleges and universities?

  • sbernie

    I would say a problem that affects U of M students as well as everyone in Ann Arbor is the lack of plowing and maintenance done to the roads and sidewalks during times of snow. The roads are very slushy and slippery, and I am surprised that there are not more accidents. Also, many students walk to class, and in the past week, I have seen four different people slip and fall because of ice on the sidewalk. This is a problem that an area that experiences snow every winter would be adjusted to by now, but I guess they have not. Whether it is school funded or city funded, there needs to be better maintenance on the roads and walkways for a safer transportation environment,

  • blochhead123

    The University of Michiagain is facing Controversy over Campus Smoking. In a resent article it adressed that The University of Michigan was going to announced that it will be going smoke-free on all campuses including Flint and Dearborn by July of 2011. President Mary Sue Coleman stated in a letter to the campus community that the ban was the next logical step towards a healthier campus. The reason for this is because not only does MHealthy strive to create a healthier community for the obvious immediate benefits, but it also aims to research how better health was achieved and maintained for other communities to reenact. A healthier community has a financially beneficial component as well, since healthcare costs are expected to decrease with the success of preventative healthy measures. Since the committee has not yet met to make suggestions for the smoking ban’s implementation, enforcement mechanisms for staff and students remain uncertain. Although the debate rages on as to the effectiveness of such a ban and the potential rights being abridged it seems certain that the ban will go into effect with few obstacles. For more information on university plans, the smoking ban and smoking cessation help, visit http://smokefree.umich.edu.

  • blochhead123

    The University of Michiagain is facing Controversy over Campus Smoking. In a resent article it adressed that The University of Michigan was going to announced that it will be going smoke-free on all campuses including Flint and Dearborn by July of 2011. President Mary Sue Coleman stated in a letter to the campus community that the ban was the next logical step towards a healthier campus. The reason for this is because not only does MHealthy strive to create a healthier community for the obvious immediate benefits, but it also aims to research how better health was achieved and maintained for other communities to reenact. A healthier community has a financially beneficial component as well, since healthcare costs are expected to decrease with the success of preventative healthy measures. Since the committee has not yet met to make suggestions for the smoking ban’s implementation, enforcement mechanisms for staff and students remain uncertain. Although the debate rages on as to the effectiveness of such a ban and the potential rights being abridged it seems certain that the ban will go into effect with few obstacles. For more information on university plans, the smoking ban and smoking cessation help, visit http://smokefree.umich.edu.

  • davidkoz

    Similar to “angelidk,” I too am frustrated with the textbook policy here at the University of Michigan but for multiple reasons.

    Firstly, often times professors will assume that all students get their textbooks on Amazon these days so they will order an incredibly limited quantity of textbooks pertaining to their class(es) at the bookstores. This is incredibly inconvenient for those who plan to buy their textbooks at the store and upon noticing that they aren’t available at the university bookstores have to order them online and thus get a late start on the semester’s reading.

    What’s more, professors are increasingly posting readings on ctools to “save their students money.” The problem with this practice is that LSA students like myself are only permitted 400 printed pages per semester and are then forced to pay on top of tuition if they exceed this amount.

  • wardbr

    One problem on the University of Michigan campus is the Michigan bus system. Many times a bus will come to a bus stop filled with students and the bus will already be full so those waiting will not be able to get on. Also, many times one bus will come to a stop and the other bus will be right behind it. Since there are only a 2 buses running in one direction why are they right behind one another?

  • lanaaa810

    I often have to carry a lot of things around campus so perhaps a central storage unit would be nice, similar to lockers back in high school. This would be especially beneficial for those who live off campus and do not want to constantly have to bring everything to class. It can be complimentary, on a per-need basis, charged into our tuition, or a subscription service.

  • teijamadhu

    I have a problem with the limited areas for studying, especially during busy weeks like finals week. With the number of students on campus, it is impossible to be in the perfect environment to suit your study habits when it first of all wastes your time trying to find a location and second the locations are packed so that you are knocking elbows due to the lack of space.
    Not only is it an issue of “where” to study, but also the hours of study locations on campus are absurd. The latest any library on central campus is open is 5am, however, the environment in this location (the undergraduate library) is very specific to the type of study-er you are. It can often be loud and disturbing for those that need to do individual studying.
    Overall there needs to be more available locations on campus that vary in their environment as well as hours.

  • asilvs

    One major problem of U of M is affordability, especially for out of state students. Not only is the price of tuition expensive as a first year expensive, the price goes up even more once you reach a certain number of credits. Students who came in with a lot of AP credit but still wish to be a student for 4 years end up paying a lot more money than another 4 year student who came in with no college credit. As well the tuition prices are always increasing, especially with a lot of talks going around about U of M maybe becoming a private school if government tax cuts are made.

  • swgoan

    The University of Michigan needs to provide more CAEN computers for its engineers on central campus. Although the College of Engineering is located on north campus, a large majority of the engineering students live on central campus. With that being said, many of the assignments that the engineering students have to do require software that is only available on these engineering CAEN computers. However, there are very few CAEN computers located on central campus, and they are always busy because of all the engineers that need to use them. It would make things a lot easier if the University would provide more than a few dozen CAEN computers on central campus for the hundreds– or even thousands– of engineers that live there.

  • annieshiu

    One problem is the lack of 24 hrs coffee shop during midterm/final exam time. students often study at odd hours around the clock and finding a place to buy refreshments or some food to eat is very difficult.

  • susanaysw

    The University of Michigan has a major problem on study areas for students. Compared to Business School students, we cannot book our own study area to study. Having an quiet environment is important for students.

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