Students at Sacramento State University have rejected a 438$ annual fee increase in the previous week. Here’s a blurb:
“The democratic process has been followed,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “Although I could have implemented the student fee last spring … I wanted students to have the opportunity to vote on the issue.”
Also note that while the article is framed as attempting to build a “residential campus”, none of the funding was actually allocated for student housing (which is a major problem). Additionally, note that the democratic oversight in this case (a simple vote) was optional and could have easily been ignored by the administration.
The LA Times had written an editorial talking about the CSU Student Success fees. Here’s a blurb; they aren’t terribly enamored with them:
When fees are imposed, they should include sunset dates, so that one set of students isn’t encumbering future generations. Fees should not be used to hire full-time, permanent faculty or staff, which locks a school into higher expenses down the road in the form of salaries, raises and pension obligations. In fact, fees should not be used on instruction at all. That’s a tuition expense, not a fee. The board should not allow the creation of have and have-not campuses, setting up a situation in which students with more money pay fees that others can’t afford at the colleges that offer more courses and counselors.
SQE was on the radio talking about the latest round of fees at the CSU campuses! Check it out here. It’s only five or so minutes.
You can also read a larger article at the Sacramento Bee. Here’s a blurb:
Student success fees have now been introduced at 12 of the 23 CSU campuses since 2011, as the university has turned to raising tuition and other sources of funding to offset budget cuts. Ranging from $162 per year at CSU San Bernardino State to $630 at San Jose State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, many of the success fees were implemented through a vote because students wanted to finish their degrees faster.
Criticism began to mount in the past few months, however, as more campuses debated adding or raising their success fees, which come on top of CSU’s $5,742 annual tuition for in-state students and often hundreds of dollars in other facilities, health and activities fees.
Students For Quality Education is currently attempting to stall or stop the current implementation of still another round of fees on the CSU student body. A 283% increase since 2002 is a trend that needs to be stop!
So, what do you know about these fees? We’re curious to know, and we’ll tell the powers that be. You can take our poll here that will help us quite a bit in letting the administration know!
Stay tuned for future actions and updates!
SQE’s Disorientation Guide on the CSU system for the 2013/14 academic year now available!
To read it on your computer, download it here: CSU Disorientation Guide – Read
To print out a copy, use this version: CSU Disorientation Guide – Print. Pages are meant to be printed double sided, and then folded in half and stapled down the middle.