The "Stipends, Academic Credit, and Digitization" working group was authorized by a 27 to 0 vote on October 18th, 2015. A copy of the resolution can be read on our legislation page here. The rationale and history behind the working group can be read here.  Research will be released consistently over the next year with a final report coming out soon.

Working Group Principles:

BUILD acronym that summarizes best practices being used in efforts to diversity tech industry.

Bring solutions and products to people of all backgrounds.
Utilize data to recognize and counteract inequities internally and externally.
Institute processes that turn good intentions into good actions and products.
Learn from case studies and research.
Drive changes with compassion and understanding.


Working Group Goals:

Stipends Research:

•Financial aid package stats at Wesleyan.
•Average required working hours per week for financial aid students needed to meet their financial commitments.
•Percentage of financial aid students participating in media.
•Stipend amount required to make writing positions more accessible.
•Stipend amount required to make editor positions more accessible.
•Stipend program survey data from WSA's current program for financial aid students that are elected as student reps.

Potential End Goal:

+Knowledge of financial aid trends at Wesleyan.
+Understanding of current financial burdens for the average Wesleyan student.
+Understanding of the amount of money needed to make positions accessible.

Note:  Financial aid initiatives over the last 7 years at Wesleyan show trend towards reducing loans and financial commitments for low-income students. Perhaps it is currently cost-prohibitive to be fully financial burden free at Wesleyan, so programs like the stipend program could be useful bridges between financial aid packages and work requirements while long-term Wesleyan builds up its endowment and financial aid resources.

Academic Credit Research:

•Participation rates of students in journalism for credit programs at other schools.
•Demographic data of those programs and if they are representative of their student body.
•Survey and interview data of administrators and professors that run journalism for credit programs.
•Demographic data of top journalism schools.
•Demographic data of the writers at top ten media organizations.
•Demographic data of the leadership at top ten media organizations.

Potential End Goals:

+Knowledge of best practices for a journalism for credit program.
+Lessons from other programs on what to structure differently. Should analyze demographic data to see what structures might be working and what might not be working in making journalism programs more inclusive.
+Knowledge of current pipeline and leadership of the media industry.

Digitization Initiatives Research:

•Top media industry websites by readership.
•Top media industry websites by ad revenue.
•Case study uses of effective digital signage in public and private community spaces.
•Monetization case studies of digital signage.
•Print readership numbers nationally, locally, and on campus.
•Media ad revenue numbers nationally, locally, and on campus.
•Media website readership numbers nationally, locally, and on campus.
•Media website revenue numbers nationally, locally, and on campus.
•Top sources of media website revenue numbers.

Potential End Goals:

+Case studies of best website practices for media companies and how we can implement them here.
+Concrete next steps on how to use existing digital signage to best showcase student content and events.
+Recommendations on what an expansion of digital signage could look like.
+Possibilities for ad revenue through digital signage that could fund student workers that manage content for the monitors.
+Research to share with student community on print consumption and readership.


Message from Working Group Creator, Alex Garcia ‘17:

The role of WSA members in this process are those of coordinators. I specifically plan to do the following:

•Help students find faculty research advisors for the area of research they choose to pursue.
•Make sure all areas of research are covered and reaching out to students who might be interested in doing this research.
•Write progress reports for the community on how student research is going. Also, I will help highlight outstanding work and connect those individuals to people and resources.
•Research related to digitalization in conjunction with a faculty research advisor.
•Code tools necessary for digitization initiatives.

WSA members are of course also allowed to be conducting research on the topics covered in their working group. It is highly encouraged this is linked with a faculty research advisor to ensure research is being done properly.


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Working Group Members

Working Group Coordinator:
Alex Garcia ‘17 (WSA Information Technology Services Chair, Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan Co-President)

Stipend Research Coordinator:
Aidan Martinez ‘17
Organization: WSA Vice President
Focus: Stipend Amounts. 

Lily Herman
Organization: Wesleying
Focus: TBD

Digitization Research:
Justin Kim ‘19
Organization: WSA Student Budget Committee Chair)
Focus: Digitization Possibilities. 

Duong Vu '18
Organization: Kaiwes
Focus: Digitization Possibilities.

Academic Credit Research :
Azher Jaweed ‘19
Organization: WSA Academic Affairs) 
Focus: Academic Credit Possibilities. 

Rebecca Brill
Organization: Argus
Focus: Journalism Grad School Program Demographics.

Sammi Arbinder
Organization: Argus
Focus: Case study usage (i.e., other college campuses, etc.) of effective digital signage for both within that campus and outside of it, print readership numbers on campus and potential methods to transition those to digital

Isabel Fattal
Organization: Argus
Focus: Op-Ed Section Structure and Inclusion. 

Max Lee
Organization: Argus
Focus: TBD

OPEN STUDENT PUBLICATION POSITIONS (no cap to number from group in committee)

OPEN COMMUNITY MEMBER POSITIONS (no cap to number from group in committee)