Freeze Tuition and Halt Prioritization
  • Petitioned Columbia College Chicago

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Columbia College Chicago

Freeze Tuition and Halt Prioritization

    1. Petition by

      Ryan Nanni

      Chicago, IL

 

Whereas:

  • Today it is 400% more expensive to go to college in the United States than it was just 30 years ago,

  • Real incomes are down 3.6 percent over the past 12 years among college graduates with full-time, year-round jobs,

  • Higher tuition means less diversity of culture, class and thought,

  • Tuition from one and one-half students pays the salary of the highest-earning adjunct faculty member,

  • The college does not provide a health care option, pension, conversion to tenure, or any other cash or non-cash benefits to adjunct faculty,

  • The salaries and benefits of all full-time faculty (23% of total faculty) could be paid several times with the annual compensation packages of just a few of the college’s top paid administrators, including Columbia College’s President Warrick Carter who draws more than $400,000 annually,

  • In 2009 President Carter received a $45,000 bonus,

  • 82% of Columbia's funding is from tuition,

 

We as students of Columbia College, members of the Columbia College community, and allies of the Columbia College community, reject the board's decision to raise tuition for the upcoming year. We demand a tuition freeze and a financial account detailing how Columbia College spends tuition revenue.

We demand a halt to the prioritization process that seeks to cut programs and has been conducted without the involvement and consent of students.

We students are the financial backbone of the college and demand a voice in all decisions that affect the quality of our education.

 

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    1. Take Back Columbia College - Friday at 2pm

      Ryan Nanni
      Petition Organizer

      To all petition Signers:

      We have presented your signatures to the college and were told that President Carter is the final word. It's time to show that the Columbia College Community has the final word. It's time to make our demands a reality.

      Please join the students, faculty and staff of Columbia College for a special Town Hall meeting.

      Tomorrow, Friday at 2pm
      Room 101 at 33 E. Congress

      The administration have now refused to be a part of these forums. We have four demands:

      (1) Stop corporatization, aka “Prioritization” of Columbia College;
      (2) Freeze tuition;
      (3) End union busting;
      (4) Force the College into financial transparency.

      Expect:

      - Absent college administrators, who were invited but refuse to appear

      - Questions and answers from non-experts with real solutions

      - No confidence resolutions

      See you there!

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    Reasons for signing

    • joshua gaetz CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because it is ridiculous how our college feels that it needs to cut funding from programs that students pay for before they even conciser taking a pay cut them selves on the already outrageous salaries they make. You want change in this world, be prepared to make some sacrifices, of which shouldn't be so hard for you considering the president makes at least 4 times more than any American citizen can even dream of making these days. where's your sacrifice to this school Carter, or are you only in it to retire in two more years and live comfortably and not have to think about all the people you screwed out of an education?

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    • joshua gaetz CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because it is ridiculous how our college board members feel that they need to cut funding from programs (that students pay for mind you) before they even conciser taking a pay cut them selves on the already outrageous salaries they make. You want change in this world, be prepared to make some sacrifices, of which shouldn't be so hard for you considering the president makes at least 4 times more than any American citizen can even dream of making these days. where's your sacrifice to this school Carter, or are you only in it to retire in two more years and live comfortably and not have to think about all the people you screwed out of an education?

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    • Kimberly Price CHICAGO, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am poor and can barely make by with what I have now. This increase will greatly affect what I can pay for next semester from finanical aid and out of pocket. I disagree with this increase as low as it maybe.

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    • Chad Molloy CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      In general, news of the tuition increases was disappointing, but as a graduate of CCC ('09), news of President Carter's attitude at the recent "State of the College" event was infuriating. It is not acceptable for President Carter to tell students to "shut up," to dismiss his exorbitant salary as having "nothing to do with" the tuition increases (coupled with program cuts), and to say, "'One way or the other, there will be a president at this institution. Whether it's me, or someone else. And that person will make whatever amount of money the board decides to pay him or her.”

      If that's how he feels, that's fine. I believe the president of the college needs to be someone else. I believe the president of the college needs to be someone who can connect with the students, to push them to achieve their potential, and to put their interests before his own. President Carter clearly holds the students of Columbia in contempt, and I believe that that alone makes him unfit to run the college. He was an absentee figurehead during my time at the school, and now he's doing nothing but further sully the name of the already under-respected school. CCC doesn't hold weight with employers in Chicago, and while I've found success post-graduation, I consider that success to be in spite of the school, not because of it.

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    • Geoffrey Dukes CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Im so tired of President Carter and His Admin.... The fact that he can't even answer a question in full is ridiculous... They haven't kept anyone informed on this-- I have only seen 2 emails with in a 6-7 month period on the Prioritization.

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