During question-and-answer sessions in four classes students discussed issues with leaders in the TBR system.
Tom Griscom, regent for the 3rd Congressional District, spoke to a general psychology class about the changes technology has had on education, in addition to answering questions.
“I love all the technology ... you don’t have to worry about taking home a textbook,” Griscom said. “Its all right there.”
He asked a student who wants to be a teacher how she could use technology, such as an iPad, in her classroom. The student said the iPad serves as a way to store information and gain access to educational apps.
The regent said technology has changed the way students access information and even libraries are recognizing this and the need to include virtual access in keeping track of resource usage.
Emily Reynolds, at-large regent for Middle Tennessee, visited a speech communication class. While answering questions from students, she also got some insight from a student emphasizing the importance of working with students with children and providing child care options. The regent also talked with students about what they are studying and plan to do in the future.
“Keep TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) in mind,” she advised an engineering student.
Another student wants to open a restaurant when he completes college.
Each year the Board of Regents selects a student at a TBR institution to be a student regent. This year Ashley Humphrey is filling that role. While on the Cleveland State campus Thursday, Humphrey went to a marketing class for a question-and-answer session. Some of the questions had to do with financial aid ending once a student has reached the maximum number of hours allotted.
Dr. Thomas Wright, CSCC vice president of Finance and Administration, accompanied Humphrey to the classroom explained that this is decided at a federal level not the Board of Regents. Humphrey said financial aid at TBR institutions is also affected by state funding.
“Its important they finish that degree,” Humphrey said. “But its also important that they’re identifying students who are really willing to work toward that and are worth applying that funding too.”
Observations were available in six classrooms. These options allowed the Board of Regents and representatives from TBR colleges to see some of the more unique classes at Cleveland State Community College. One such class was College Algebra, highlighting the campus’s successful online approach. Guests could also visit a general chemistry, emergency medical services, medical office assistance or family and children services class. A general tour of the campus was available to the visitors before the scheduled classroom visits.