Arizona State University: Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students.
  • Petitioned Michael M. Crow, President

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Arizona State University
Michael M. Crow, President
State Of Arizona
Jan Brewer, Governor
Arizona State Board Of Regents
Fred DuVal, Chairman

Arizona State University: Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students.

    1. Eric Haywood
    2. Petition by

      Eric Haywood

      Tempe, AZ

Students attending Arizona State University are indeed receiving what could be considered a state of the art educational experience. The problem is, that they are not receiving an education worthy of the outrageous amount of money that it currently costs to attend a university in America.

Perhaps, if the corporate culture adopted by the elected government officials in Arizona and at Arizona State University ceased to treat Arizona State University students as consumers and actively encouraged them to actually learn as opposed to what currently passes for corporate involvement at Arizona State University, it might be possible for a greater number of students graduating yearly to actually find themselves qualified for the jobs they seek.

It is the primary function of corporations in America to return a profit for their shareholders. Corporations have no other more important purpose. That said, the vast corporate educational complex as presently in existence in America has bastardized our universities to the point where students are considered nothing more than consumers to be marketed to for the purpose of sales and future sales. Massive corporations such as Aramark, which exist to profit from the sales of its products and services to students on hundreds of university campuses across the country, including Arizona State University, generate billions of dollars every year in profits which end up in the pockets of Aramark shareholders.

Aramark corporation has been invited onto the Arizona State University Campus by the school itself who also seek a large cut of the signifcant profits obtained from the pockets of ASU students, contributing, in a significant way to the massive debt that Arizona students typically owe upon graduation. The circle is obviously a vicious one.

Students are borrowing more and more money every year in federally funded student loans to pay for college expenses that are needlessly driven upwards and onwards by corporations who seek nothing more than increased profits.

Such a dysfunctional and damaging situation currently in existence at Arizona State University is untenable, unethical, immoral and cannot be allowed to continue.

The impact on this nation’s economy has been catastrophic and the recent Occupy Wall Street protests are clearly a symptom of a similar problem that at its core begins with our flawed and counterproductive university system and culture.

Instead of profiting from our students we need to educate them. Why else send them to school?

Our government policy should be one of education and not profit. Corporations operating on university campuses in Arizona, particularly Arizona State University, should be non-profits, or, at the very least, local Arizona businesses. Such a policy would support Arizona business,  reduce the cost of education for students, and focus on the priority of actual learning in our schools, producing better quality students who would more likely qualify for the jobs they seek.

Every public and private sector official and leader, as well as each and every community leader and citizen in the State Of Arizona should be in support of such a policy. How could they not be?

These university students are your children, your neighbors, your friends, and your future. By taking the profit out of the business of exploiting students on ASU campus, the State Of Arizona will receive better educated citizens more fit to fill the jobs it offers.

Moreover, the financial burdens that students are responsible for after school would lessen, freeing them to contribute to the Arizona economy. A student with less debt for instance, is more likely to purchase a house which could go as long way in addressing the disaster which is the Arizona housing crisis.

Our children are easily the most valuable asset that exists within the State Of Arizona. Therefore, it should be our number one priority to fully subsidize the higher education of students attending Arizona State University. This should be achieved not only by removing giant profiteering corporations such as Aramark from the ASU campus and replacing them with local Arizona businesses and non-profits, but also by significant subsidies generated by a state income tax specifically targeted towards the wealthiest 1% which will directly benefit college students and be dedicated to higher education.

Currently, Arizona is rated at or near the bottom of nearly every national study in the education of Arizona students. Arizona State Government owes citizens of this state more than that. It must endeavor to educate the students at Arizona State University by making a college education more affordable instead of contracting with a self-serving corporation like Aramark in order to profit from them.

The above insanity that pretends to be Arizona State University as well as the corruption and greed that masquerades as Arizona State government must come to this realization now. The citizens of the State Of Arizona and the students at Arizona State University demand better.

Support Arizona State University Students.

Support Local Arizona Business People.

Support The 99%.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. UPDATE: Arizona State University Continues To BLOCK ACCESS To Change.org

      Eric Haywood
      Petition Organizer

      On December 1, 2011 a group of ASU students started the petition titled “Arizona State University: Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students.” at the Change.org petition site.

      This petition requested signatures to support the reduction in the cost of education for ASU students.

      On the morning of December 7, 2011, Arizona State University BLOCKED ALL ACCESS to Change.org for ALL of it’s over 50,000 students and over 5,000 faculty and employees.

      As of this date, approximately TWO MONTHS later, Arizona State University continues it’s BLOCKADE of the Change.org petition website, in a blatant attempt to prevent it’s current ernollment of more than 70,000 students from viewing and/or signing the petition to reduce college costs.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Arizona State University BLOCKS ALL ACCESS to Change.org !!!!!!

      Eric Haywood
      Petition Organizer

      This morning. Arizona State University BLOCKED ALL ACCESS to Change.org for ALL of it's over 50,000 students and over 5,000 faculty and employees.

      Clearly, ASU does not want it's students, faculty, or employees signing our petition and has resorted to BLATANT and UNLAWFUL Censorship in order to block the freedom of expression of it's students and faculty.

      As such, students living on ASU campus, using ASU computers or accessing the internet through ASU's school WIFI are unable to access Change.org.

      As a result, Not only can't ASU students sign the above petition but they are unable to sign ANY PETITION on the Change.org website.

      What can be done about this?

      Well. If you are an ASU Student, Professor, Instructor, or Employee you CAN sign the petition....You just can't use any ASU computer or WIFI network to do so....

      Just go to our petition at the Change.org site from your computer using ANY WIFI connection that is NOT associated with ASU.....That's it.....Easy.

    5. Reached 50 signatures

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    • John Rowell EXETER, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      ASU tried to censor this petition. That alone is enough reason to sign. You have achieved notoriety for your internet censorship - congratulations!

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    • Gabriel Gowell TUCSON, AR
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'll be using my GI Bill and would not like to see my gov't/country get raked over the coals. Too many corporate-types have done that already.

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    • Timothy Paich LOVELADIES, UNITED STATES
      • about 2 years ago

      This is to help with the economic downturn. I have a petition below that’s for the economy and ridiculous gas prices and other things affecting us. Let’s sign mine. I need 1,000 signatures in total.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/reshape-the-world-to-improve-our-lives

      We should also take a stand against greed. I blamed it all on high gas prices for driving schools on waiting lists. It's common sense for first time learners for driving to have behind the wheel for car insurance reduction and most important safety of learning.

      We are taking stands against greed as well. You people who signed this petition should sign mine if you haven't. The author of this petition should sign mine on the link as well if haven’t.

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    • K K SCOTTSDAE, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Soon to be a college student.

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    • Erica Johnson PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      ASU has effectively monopolized the entire valley of the sun for undergraduates seeking any more than an associates degree. Up until recently, school was affordable and I could get by with the scholarships awarded to me by the school. My scholarship covered my tuition and books but not housing and dining (living on campus is now mandatory as well as close to an extra $8000 above my scholarship). One year goes by and I'm no longer required to live/eat on campus but guesss what? Tuition and books go up about 20% so my scholarship only covers about 80% of my costs now. I would change schools but... THERE'S NOWHERE ELSE TO GO IN THE VALLEY! I'm so sick and tired of this bullshit party school run by the greediest person in the state (Michael Crow) that I have decided to stop attending school altogether. Thanks for ruining my love of school ASU.

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