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A Proposal to Start a Section for International Students in the Campus Grocery Store
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
Senior Vice President
Ph.D. Christine K. Wilkinson,
Arizona State University
ASU Board of Directors
P.O BOX 873702
Tempe, AZ 85287.
RE: BUSINESS PLAN REPORT FOR A NEW SECTION IN THE GROCERY STORE
Within this document, kindly find a report outlining the advantages of having separate sections in the grocery store for international students. As outlined, having different sections in the grocery store for the international students will play a major role in the realization of the cultural diversity within the campus hence work towards promotion of social cohesion through inter-cultural appreciation.
As a result of the institution, through our professor, requesting us to identify a problem or a need in the intuition’s systems and provide relevant ideas and plans to curb it, I did my research on the area stipulated above. I identified the benefits that come along with the fragmentation of the grocery store to sections and made this the foundation for my evaluation of the effects. My comprehensive findings and recommendations can be found attached through the report.
Receive my gratitude for your time to read this letter and the subsequent report. In case of the need for further clarification, kindly contact me through my professor. My hope is that this report will enlighten the Board of Directors to consider my idea and if possible implement it.
The Arizona State University has several campuses that combine to form the larger ASU family. Though found in practically very different locations geographically, there has been an underlying problem within all these campuses; the issue of food and the level of concern given to the dietary preferences of the international students. Arizona State University can greatly benefit from the introduction provided by fragmentation of the school’s campus grocery store with regards to origin and culture. These benefits take the wider scopes of improvement of performance, enhancement of social cohesion and the realization of the institution’s vision at large.
ASU seeks to become a model for the new educational practices in America measured by her inclusions and not by exclusions. The implementation of this idea will therefore, at a very high level, offer a valid and practical example as to how the ASU fraternity does this by making her policies and principles the embodiment of her vision. The international students’ dietary needs will be included through the introduction of sections for international students. If ASU can implement its vision to matters as basic as diet, what then can it not?
Guided by the mission statement of this year, this report sought to find out means through which dietary matter relate to academic performance and the general appreciation of education at large. For the institution to elevate the graduation rate to above 80% (Arizona State University, 2013), numbers of new enrollees should be increased and maintained. This can be easily done through the satisfaction of students’ needs; the need for segmentation of the grocery store into sections with different diets with regards to culture, origin and preference forming one of the pinnacles of such needs.
The conclusions made in relation to the benefits of the implementation of this principle are based on the data acquired through extensive research. Research on the reasons as to why students are reluctant in core academics activities, challenges students face as they are carrying out there day to day activities, responses on the issues pertaining to the on campus grocery and its level of service as obtained from discussion threads on the “Changemaker Central @ ASU” on the school’s website and an assessment of the salaries of the members of staff in the dining department were looked into. The analysis of these sets of data suggested potential benefit areas that will realized through the implementation of this idea. These are states in the categorization found below.
- Comfort and Variety. The segmentation of the campus grocery store will create a level of comfort that should not be mistaken for seclusion or racism. This is because the comfort will not be culturally separated, rather by having the kind of food one finds at home hence enhanced comfort in its consumption. The sections will also create a greater food variety in the school and since anyone will be permitted to dine in whichever section they prefer for the day, it will also play a role on the social cohesion of the students.
- Satisfaction and Compliance. Students, having taken a meal of their preference, will become satisfied with the actions of the administration since they will be assured of their concern with their welfare. This will greatly propel the compliance of students to other policies set up by the administration. This is because consultation and concern with their welfare will make them obligated to return the favor as a means of showing gratitude.
- Dietary, Nutritional and Personal Health. Some foods in the current grocery system are high in substances like fat that are unhealthy and some students are allergic to certain foods. With the introduction of the type of food a student consumes at home, this will be greatly reduced since the level of intolerance is high when strange foods are consumed.
- Time-consciousness. It has been generally outlined, that it takes a lot of time for queues to move within the current grocery system. However, this will reduce with the introduction of the sections since less people will be served per counter hence saving on time; a critical thing the set-up of an educational institution.
- Saving on Financial Resources. Since the distance firm the different campuses to nearby shopping areas is considerably long, students often drive to such areas in search of the food they are either not allergic to, or the food they prefer. Therefore, they incur an extra financial cost of fuel and parking which is close to $280. The foods from these external areas are also far much more expensive as compared to those sold in the campus hence restraining them financially.
On the basis provided by these findings, it can be suggested that implementation of the different sectors in the grocery store will play a major part towards the improvement of students’ welfare and overall academic performance.
The study that preceded this report was meant to look into the issues raised by students in Arizona State University. These are, by reason, the factors that hinder their optimum academic performance. One of the underpinning reasons was that of the diet provided in the school’s grocery store. It also served to outline majorly the merits of the implementation of the segmentation of the grocery to accommodate the diets of the different tribes, cultures and races of the international students in the institution and the direct and indirect impacts of the same to the overall academic performance of the institution. Some of the study’s major concern was to offer responses to the concerns outlined herein after:
Is there any role played by the diet and nutrition the students in ASU consume in the development of their cognitive development and therefore their overall academic performance?
What actions can the school take to ensure every student’s dietary needs are met to satisfactory levels?
Would the introduction of sections that serve the food in different races, tribes and cultures in the grocery improve the performance and appreciation of teachers and member of the dining staff?
Do allergic reactions stem from new foods in the system or are they just preferences?
As requested by the professor of the English 302, under the course project titled “Project 4” we were required to carry out an intensive research and come up with a proposal for an idea or plan, identify a need or problem within the school’s system and offer an array of valid suggestions with information to back up the validity and applicability of the same within the school premises. The research process, alongside its findings and the recommendations for the mitigation of the problem are meant to be later submitted in a comprehensive report.
In adherence to these instructions, this report serves to outline the possible problems experienced in the academic arena in terms of performance and the most logic reason for its relation to the diet in the school. The interconnectedness between the diet the students are obligated to and the problems that have arisen from it in relation to academics has been looked into. In the preliminary stages of the research, the main solution was the segmentation of the school’s grocery store to include sections which serve foods from different nations and cultures to accommodate the international students which form a significant part of the population. They occupy a population of about 6% of the total population according to the demographic statistics (Arizona State University, 2013). This is a very small yet significant portion since most campuses only record an internal student population of nothing above 4%. Moreover, the sections will not be exclusively devoted to the international students only hence provide other students with the wide variety they require.
For any party that is not familiarized with the issue at hand, students have been constantly complaining about the quality standards of the food offered in the Students Union. This was observed from the interviews carried out on a sampled number of students. The statistics used indicated on the number of students engaging themselves with discourse involving the unsatisfactory nature of the food in the campus’ online debate forum “Changemaker Central @ ASU”. Some of the complaints that dominated such debates are the longevity of the queues in the grocery, limited variety of foods, unhealthy foods since only processed food is sold and it is mostly fast food in nature and overpricing hence restricting the students’ financial flexibility.
The main agenda of the study was to find a solitary mitigation measure that is easily implementable and can easily be integrated to the current dietary system of the institution. This, most logically, is the introduction of sections that would offer different types of food for the international and local students. This would easily solve some of the problems outlined above while easily integrating itself to the system and providing just a small financial burden to the school’s administration. The mitigating of this problem will have consequent positive effects on the academic performance of the school since recent research on cognitive development in institutions of higher learning show that dietary foundations have an effect on the normal functions of the brain (Erickson: p. 34). The findings of the research have shown the chemical messengers found in the brain referred to as neurotransmitters are highly affected by the nutrition exposure one gets. This works under the principle the blood in the body is the final destination of the nutrients found in food since it is the transporting agent that carries it from one part of the body to another, for instance the brain. Since the brain has a lot of blood circulating within its vessels, the amount of amino acids and chemicals of life like Choline affects the functions of the brain since these substances form the framework through which the brain forms and utilizes the neurotransmitters that are very vital to the conveying of information from the brain to the rest of the .............
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