Shandra Jordan, editor in chief
J.J. Babb, design managing editor
Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor
CSU President Larry Penley announced to the Associated Students
of CSU Wednesday night that the administration is pulling the plug
on freshman seminars.
We support this move and are happy to see the seminars gone. For
those of us who have had unfortunate pleasure of taking the
first-year seminar, we don’t feel the seminars were a good start to
the higher education experience.
Freshmen are not like kindergarteners who need their hands held
on the first day of school. Yes, the first year of school can be
overwhelming for some, but to force the entire freshman class to
take a seminar is unproductive and costly (a partial reason why we
believe the seminars were eliminated), with an instructor needed
for every 18 or so freshmen.
It might be a good idea to make freshman seminars optional for
students who feel they may benefit from these seminars, but for the
majority of students who are trying to graduate on time, having yet
another core curriculum class hinders that four-year goal.
In these times of budgets being slashed and critical and
important programs being wiped away, we feel this is an appropriate