CSU Board of Trustees: Vote NO on new fees at meeting in November!
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Margaret Fortune
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Glen O. Toney
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Lupe Garcia
Governer Jerry Brown
Kenneth Fong
California
Gov. Gavin Newsom

CSU Board of Trustees: Vote NO on new fees at meeting in November!

    1. STUDENTS FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
    2. Petition by

      STUDENTS FOR QUALITY EDUCATION

      Long Beach, CA

STOP PRICING-OUT STUDENTS: FIND ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF REVENUE!! 

We, the undersigned, call on all the CSU Board of Trustee members to OPPOSE any more fee hikes on students; specifically the three new fees proposed by Chancellor Reed at the September BOT meeting.  

They are as follows:

1)    The Graduation Incentive Fee in which "super-seniors" will need to pay $372 PER UNIT for those who have 150 units (semester campus) or 225 units (quarter campus) to finish their degrees.  

2)    Course Repeat Fee in which every student that would like to or needs to repeat a class will have to pay $100 PER UNIT for that class.

3) Added Units Fee in which any student wishing to take more than 16 units per semester will have to pay $200 PER “EXTRA” UNIT.

CSU students cannot bear any more fee hikes. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Student fees have gone up 300% in the last decade and these new fees only serve to hurt the students, not entice them to do better.   Chancellor Reed is using the budget crisis as a reason to radically restructure CSU into a more corporate, privatized university system. Instead of offering MORE CLASSES, Reed wants to “improve” graduation rates by dis-enrolling or forcing out students who take too long to graduate, through his “Graduation Initiative”.

Instead of acknowledging the real reason that students struggle to graduate, which are budget-cut created class shortages, as well as the increasing financial hardship of being able to pay for CSU’s rising tuition, Chancellor Reed believes that students are the problem, as he states that:

·      “Students are gaming and abusing the system.” 

·      “It is the super-seniors fault, they are hogging all the seats.”

·      “Double Majors are greedy and taking all the classes.” 

·      And “we want to make room for REAL students who will graduate in 4 years.”

This is in direct opposition to the reality that because of budget-cut created class shortages, only a small percentage of students are able to obtain a degree in 4 years.  Reed’s beliefs are out of line with reality, and his approach to improving graduation rates is to price out struggling students and fast-track rich students by declaring, “Pay up or drop out.”

This vision goes against the very purpose of the CSU’s mission. We need decision-makers and leaders to stand up for students. We need the CSU Board of Trustees to keep the CSU affordable and accessible to future generations.  According to the Chancellor’s financial audit, only 35% of the university’s operating expenses went to “directly support the primary mission of the university, which is instruction” in 2009/10—down 3% from 2008/09.

These fee increase proposals will radically change who will and who will not graduate from CSU. We urge the Trustees to oppose these fee hikes, and explore real solutions that would help students graduate, instead of supporting the Chancellor’s cynical approach to pricing struggling students out.  

 

                 ANOTHER CSU IS POSSIBLE!!

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    • Sarah Pyle OAK PARK, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I attended community college under the understanding that if I completed IGETC transfer agreement, I would a) be finished with GEs and b) graduate from a CSU in 2 years. After transferring to SJSU, I was told that my placement in classes for my major would be based not on what courses I had completed, but on entrance exams. In one area in particular, I would need to take 8 semesters of a particular course, meaning an additional 4 years after transfer. Also, my major required 14-17 units a semester minimum to fulfill the course requirements. In addition, I had to postpone graduation several times due to single section courses required for graduation with time conflicts. My major also included several courses not required for graduation that I was required to take every semester in order to be allowed to enroll in my required classes. One of these was optional, but highly recommended for profession development and because it brought revenue and visibility to the school and department. Getting needed classes became even more difficult when I was put on a "super senior" list due to the excess units from transfer that I had expected to count towards my major, but did not. I was restricted from enrolling in classes I needed in a timely manner, forced to fill out a graduation application before I was sure of my graduation date, and expected to visit Academic Advising and Retention Services for a wholly unhelpful meeting. Because of my super senior status, I was restricted from taking classes not required for graduation, which was a problem because, due to time conflicts and full classes I needed to enroll in electives to meet the required unit load for financial aid. 8 years after beginning college, I was finally able to graduate. I would have loved to get out of their sooner, but due to the lack of alignment between the community college and CSU curriculum, lack of accurate advising while in community college, the requirements of my department conflicting with the "super senior" rules, unexpected and unnecessary upper division GE's, and full single session classes, I was stuck in college for much longer than desired. Needless to say, I have chosen to go elsewhere for my teaching credential.

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    • Anthony Mejia MODESTO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a student at CSU Stan and I will be affected by rising tuition fees.

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    • Julia Swayne LOS GATOS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm a CSU student struggling under the financial demand.

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    • Juliet LaMariana PETALUMA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a CSU graduate who entered the CSU system in the fall of 2004 when fees were just beginning to rise and I was expected to graduate in 4 years I find the CSU Chancellor absolutely outrageous and unbelievable! As a result of the start of fees being raised and classroom sections being cut short I ended graduating in 5 years, and I worked 2-3 full time jobs in addition to being a full time student to do this! The CSU system is a public not private school system, public meaning it should be more accessible to students in regards to fees and finances, not create a system of exclusivity by hiking fees and penializing students who are working to pay for school and will HAVE to drop out as a result of these fee increases! Include more sections of classes so that they are not overcrowded and people can actually get in to finish and stop raising fees so more people who WANT to get a college degree and who are TOLD to get a college degree by their high schools, parents, etc. can actually get their degree within 4-5 years!

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    • Rachel Lewis ROHNERT PARK, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm no getting the classes I need because the school is over- admitting students. It doesn't seem fair for me to be paying more money to stay at college longer only because I haven't been able to get the classes I need. That's not my fault, and I should not be punished for it.

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