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E-mail Your Idea


My OC Idea is a way for the college community to ask questions, make suggestions and get answers. Here, you’ll find topics sent in by OC employees and responded to by OC’s President and President's Council members.

Here's how it works: OC employees submit an idea, concern, question or suggestion to myocidea@olympic.edu (or click link above). The Executive Assistant to the President will bring the emails to OC’s Cabinet. They discuss the issues in the emails and provide responses. The email topics and answers are then posted on the My OC Idea web page. That’s it!

Do you have a suggestion, question or concern? Send it to My OC Idea!

Submitted Ideas, Comments and Responses:

Suggestion:
My name is Miles Dudley, I am a student at OC currently and I had a suggestion to improve the Poulsbo Campus. There is a stop sign that is located at the exit of the lower student parking lot that I along with many other students find to be very unnecessary, it slows down traffic leaving the parking lot considerably and there is very rarely any traffic coming from the other direction which would warrant students who are leaving to come to a complete stop (See figure 1). It is especially apparent at times when many classes get out at once, when there is lots of traffic trying to leave the parking lot at the same time. My proposed solution is to replace that stop sign with a yield sign (See Figure 2).  After doing some research I have come to the conclusion that this area is very similar to a roundabout, where traffic can come from the left and impede your movement, but you in the orange car cannot turn right, and the people in the white cars cannot turn left in to the parking lot. This scenario is exactly the same as many roundabouts, and roundabouts rarely have stop signs at their entrances because the whole purpose of a roundabout is for it to be faster and more effective than a four way stop (see figure 3).

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Response:

Thank you for your excellent suggestion!  The Director of Facilities Services and the Director of Safety and Security have reviewed your proposal.  We agree that changing the existing STOP sign to a YIELD sign, with an additional traffic information sign stating “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” or “Cross Traffic has the Right Of Way” would work well in this area. 

Please anticipate this change in the traffic pattern at OCP in the near future.

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Suggestion:
We have a great scheduling program called Resource 25 or the classroom web viewer that IT in particular uses extensively to know when to schedule work in classrooms when they are available. Unfortunately, some departments (MESH and HL for example)have their own private scheduling which we do not have access to and have to call to see if a room is available and sometimes without great success. I think it would be great is f we were able to roll up all of the disparate scheduling systems into the one most widely used to make it easier to schedule necessary work on campus.

Response:
The classroom the librarians use to teach their orientations also doubles as an open computer lab.  The student fees pay for the upgrading of those computers and software, and the guideline for that room is that it is only used for library instruction, the rest of the time the room is student use.  As one of only two open labs on campus, it is important that it remain open to students; if we choose to schedule other events in that room and students do not have computer access at peak periods, we will lose that funding.  Therefore, as we promised when we negotiated with the student fee committee, the only activities allowed in that room are the library orientations.

MESH does not have its own private scheduling.  All MESH classrooms are scheduled using the same system as everyone else has access to.  There are a few restrictions driven by specific program needs (for example, engineering classes are given preference for ST 136, because the computers in that room have software unique to engineering), but this the exception and not the rule.  I cannot comment on what HL does or does not do.

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Suggestion:
I constantly have students/staff complaining to me about the Wi-Fi system capacity being woefully inadequate in the BSC.  I myself have had several occasions when I could not log into the Wi-Fi; I.T. tells me “there’s just too many people using it right now”.  I think as a college (with thousands of paying students) we should have ample Wi-Fi access in this day and age.  How can this be remedied?

Response:
This issue is on the top of the list for IT right now.  During the spring break we are installing some additional resources to help address immediate concerns.  We recognize, however, that there are some larger concerns in play that significantly impact this issue.  A major driver in this area is the increased utilization of electronic devises that people (students, staff and faculty) are bringing from home.  In addition to access, the College needs to be concerned with data security and integrity. 

In the spring quarter we will be distributing a series of surveys to help us assess our future needs.  Simply adding more of the same may not solve the problem.  We may need to change the basic architecture of our system including how we provide Wi-Fi and how resources are allocated throughout the system.  The responses to the survey will greatly facilitate our analysis, so when you see it the survey, please respond.

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Suggestion:
I have a suggestion, which might be able to help struggling math students. If the school could offer remedial or refresher math courses between the breaks, (fall and winter quarter break for example) it may be beneficial for students that have a hard time retaining the math skills that were learned in the previous quarter. The math tutor center is great, but only offered during the course of the school quarter. I don’t know if it would be possible for maybe students that did not do particularly well the previous quarter and get a 2.0 to carry on to the next level of math perhaps there could be a redemption that could boost the student to where they could progress and not fall into taking the course again or lose their financial aid. I realize it would be a funding issue, perhaps the math department could figure some way of working this out or come up with something that could potentially help math students.  It also would boost the schools math passing level. The math labs are a great place for this because the student would have to sign in there.

Response:
The Math Department is currently reviewing several options that would enable OC students an opportunity to improve their math skills during those times when classes at OC are not in session (such as Fall and Winter breaks).  The focus is on providing flexible and scalable learning opportunities that would incur minimal costs to OC students.  It is anticipated that at least one option can be implemented during class breaks in the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Note: Every effort will be made to post all email topics received. Multiple emails on one topic may be combined to reduce duplication of email responses. Some emails may not be immediately posted as they may require additional time for research and discussion.