Students for Quality Education. S.Q.E. took to the streets to demand action at the Board of Trustees in Long Beach on Nov 17th. During the Fall semester of 2015, each campus throughout the state had a solidarity actions that same day and we will DEMAND that our tuition stay frozen and ask for fair wages for our faculty, namely a raise of 5%.
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Today the CSU Board of Trustees made an unprecedented decision on a scheduled fee increase vote—they cancelled it. Around 8:00am today, Tuesday, November 13th, the CSU Board of Trustees released this statement:
“California State University Trustees have postponed reviewing a plan to improve access and reduce time to degree. The proposal to modify the current undergraduate fee structure was part of the agenda for today’s Board of Trustees meeting and will now be reviewed at a later date after Trustees gather additional information and input from stakeholders.”
The fees were promptly removed from both today’s and tomorrow’s agenda.
This is a huge victory for students. We were successful in convincing the Board of Trustees that the three proposed “punishment fees” they were considering were poorly thought out solutions to helping students graduate.
The results of our “Survey on CSU Students’ Obstacles to Graduation”, that was shared with both trustees and the media before the Trustees meeting, demonstrated not only that higher fees will not cause students to graduate faster, but that it would cause them to delay their graduation even more. The survey also demonstrated the need for CSU itself to conduct its own research, and seek input from students, faculty & academic advisers to explore real solutions that would help, rather than punish students who are struggling to graduate. SQE surveyed over 2,400 students—the Chancellor surveyed zero.
After several weeks of outreach to the Trustees, they have agreed to our request to postpone any further discussion or action on these “punishment fees”, in order to gather additional information from students on what will really help students overcome obstacles to graduation.
Today’s postponement is a victory for students who have been fighting against fee increases for years. This is the first time in a decade that CSU students have successfully stopped a fee increase vote from occurring, and it is thanks to the efforts of every student who signed our petition, filled out a survey, and spoke to the media about this issue, as well as the collective efforts of our student governments, the Student California Teachers Association, UAW Local 4123 (CSU grad students), the faculty Academic Senate, and the California Faculty Association who communicated their opposition to these fees. The cancellation of this fee vote is a testament to students’ hard work, and student power has won the day.
There is always a possibility that the Trustees may reconsider these fees at a later date. We must be vigilant as time goes on, but for today, let us revel in our success and hope it continues for days to come.
As the stakeholders referred to in the Trustees press release, we expect the Board of Trustees to involve students statewide in the process of identifying proactive solutions to the real obstacles student face when struggling to graduate. We look forward to working with the Trustees and the newly appointed Chancellor Tim White in being proactive in developing policies that will help, rather than punish, struggling students.
-Students for Quality Education
We have surveyed almost 2,400 CSU students statewide, asking them directly for the reasons why they’re struggling to graduate. The Chancellor, by contrast, has surveyed zero students.
You can view the full document here or click on the thumbnail below:
Our findings clearly show that CSU students want to graduate. They don’t need higher tuition as an incentive to graduate; they just can’t get classes they need. Students say they will need more than four years to graduate because they can’t get classes and because of their personal economic situation, not because they are taking too many classes and prefer to stay in school longer.
70% of respondents have had to delay their planned graduation date and half of the students who took the survey said the delay is because they can’t get classes they need.
Chancellor Reed has is all it wrong: higher fees will not cause students to graduate faster. Almost two-thirds of respondents say the proposed fees would have caused them to delay their graduation even more.
The survey shows CSU students who take extra units do so in order to graduate on time and get courses the need — not to extend their time in college. This fee would discourage students who take heavier course loads in a session with the goal of graduating faster. The chancellor claims that these fees would provide “equitable and efficient paths to graduation” but this fee clearly does the opposite of that by limiting the paths available to students.
Respondents include students from all 23 campuses. Like the CSU student population as a whole, survey respondents are overwhelmingly working students, with 14% working full-time while attending college. Most already have student loans and about half depend on financial aid grants. Many are first-generation college students and more than a third have transferred to the CSU from another college or university.
Students aren’t gaming the system. Students are struggling to graduate. And we need to give them more help to graduate, not tear them down. Our demand is help, not punishment.
From the Sacramento Bee:
Editorial: CSU fees an insult to students, voters
With passage of Proposition 30, voters spared California’s public universities from major budget cuts and student fee increases.
Students in the California State University system who have seen significant tuition increases – from $3,000 five years ago to $5,500 today – won’t see a new general increase.
Yet CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, in a parting shot to close out his 14-year tenure, is rushing through a proposal before he turns the CSU system over to a new chancellor at the end of December. It would impose three new fees on students for the fall 2013 term.
This is outrageous. The Board of Trustees should reject the new fees at their meeting on Tuesday. Read more
…but will the Board of Trustees listen?
Update: just added the recently passed resolution from the statewide academic senate!
Student Government Resolutions Against the Fees:
California State Student Association: Scheduled to vote on a resolution this Sunday, November 11
Faculty Resolutions Against the Fees