With perseverance and a little luck, you are within a year or two of
becoming a member of the natural resources profession. As such, you will
be expected to act in a professional manner. Course instructors, guest
lecturers, and field trip hosts should demonstrate exemplary professional
Professionals understand not only what they are doing,
but why. They dress and act in a manner that draws
respect from other professionals. They are prepared for each meeting, and
they have read relevant materials before the meeting begins. They respect
other professionals and they make personal sacrifices on behalf of the
profession or to support other professionals. When meeting in the field,
they adapt easily to steep terrain and inclement weather. Professionals
take copious notes and ask questions when they do not understand.
Students who need special accommodations or services should contact the
S.A.L.T. Center for Learning Disabilities (Old Main, Room 135; 621-1242)
or the Center for Disability Related Resources (Second and Cherry;
621-3268). These offices will verify the need for special services.
Please provide verification to us no later than the second week of class
so that we can help provide the best possible learning environment.
Grading performance constitutes a complex and difficult process. Although
human beings cannot be pigeon-holed, they can be judged on the basis of
their achievements. Grades reflect both effort and achievement. The following
descriptions attempt to explain why different students obtain different
results, and describe the standards we will use for this class. They
are adapted from J.M. Williams (1993, Clarifying grade expectations,
The Teaching Professor 7(7):1).
The "A" Student--An Outstanding Student
- Attendance: "A" students have virtually perfect attendance. Their
commitment to the class resembles that of the instructor.
- Preparation: "A" students are prepared for class. They always read
the assignment. Their attention to detail is such that they occasionally
catch the instructor in a mistake.
- Attitude: "A" students have a winning attitude. They have both the
determination and the self-discipline necessary for success. They are
curious and they show initiative. They do things they have not been told
- Talent: "A" students have something special. It may be exceptional
intelligence and insight. It may be unusual creativity, organizational
skills, commitment--or a combination thereof. These gifts are evident to
the instructor and usually to the other students as well.
- Results: "A" students make high grades on tests--usually the highest
in the class. Their work is a pleasure to grade.
The "C" Student--An Average or Typical Student
- Attendance: "C" students miss class frequently. They put other
priorities ahead of academic work. In some cases, their health or
constant fatigue renders them physically unable to keep up with the
demands of high-level performance.
- Preparation: "C" students prepare their assignments consistently but
in a perfunctory manner. Their work may be sloppy or careless. At times,
it is incomplete or late.
- Attitude: "C" students are not visibly committed to the class. They
participate without enthusiasm. Their body language often expresses
- Talent: "C" students vary enormously in talent. Some have exceptional
ability but show undeniable signs of poor self-management or bad
attitudes. Others are diligent but simply average in academic ability.
- Results: "C" students obtain mediocre or inconsistent results on
tests. They have some concept of what is going on but clearly have not
mastered the material.