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Opinions voiced at student fee forum
By Elise Quidley News Editor and Jonathan Bym Managing Editor
October 24, 2013
Students, faculty and staff had an opportunity to attend the Tuition and Student Fees Student Forum on Oct. 16 in the UC lounge at 2 p.m.
This forum was an open discussion of the tuition and student fees process where students could share their concerns or recommendations before the Tuition and Fees Review Committee, which makes a recommendation on tuition and fees to Chancellor Kyle Carter.
With the total enrollment dropping nearly 700 students over the last few years, the university has lost nearly $2 million.
This has sparked the need for a moderate fee raise, according to Dr. Carter.
The UNC system is allowing a 6.5 percent increase in budget.
One proposed recommendation for next year’s increase is $106.
Audience members made remarks concerning the Athletics fee, which is supported by student fees and campus support instead of state funding.
“What we try to do is let students have any input on what we are trying to do,” Dr. Carter said.
Athletics is one of the four fees areas that the tuition and fees committee reviews; the other three areas are: student activity, education and technology and student health.
A discussion included as a Division II school our athletic fee is currently $1.50 per student-athlete, which is considerably low compared to other schools.
“The research we have been able to do is definitely justified compared to our peers,” Athletic Director Dick Christy said. “Those things [giveaways, seating at sporting events and promotions] can’t happen until we get our revenues up. Those are areas we would love to invest in.”
The Tuition and Fees Review Committee is a University Committee made up of three vice chancellors, one staff member, two faculty members and five student representatives.
This committee makes recommendations to the Chancellor before he presents his own recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
Tuition and Fees Review had their first meeting on Oct. 14 and will have three more meetings before a final recommendation is made and sent to the Board of Trustees.
After approval from the board, the fee increase will be sent to general administration.
The next student forum will be on Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Pine Hall.