Take away the extra charge for taking 17 or more credit hours at KSU.
  • Petitioned Lester Lefton

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President of Kent State University
Lester Lefton
Board of Trustees at Kent State University
Board of Trustees
Provost of Kent State University
Todd Diacon
Ohio Board of Regents
Ohio Board of Regents

Take away the extra charge for taking 17 or more credit hours at KSU.

    1. Michael Crowley
    2. Petition by

      Michael Crowley

      Mentor, OH

 

During the coming academic year, students will be charged the individual credit-hour fee, which is $440, for all enrolled hours above 17 credit hours. Starting in 2013-2014, students who enroll in more than 16 credit hours per semester will be charged the standard credit-hour rate for each additional hour. 

This is important because many students at Kent State are required by their roadmaps to take 17 or more credit hours in order to graduate in 4 years. It also discourages students from taking any extra classes that aren't necessary for their major or LER requirements. There are many other complaints with the newly passed fee increases, but these two seem to stick out the most amongst the students.

The "equity" being created by the university is only encouraging the students who only take 11 or 12 credit hours to continue to barely take classes. As students, we are here to learn, and forcing us to pay extra to get the best education possible is wrong and shouldn't be allowed or tolerated.

 

The following is taken directly from KSU's mission statement which can be found at http://www.kent.edu/president/mission-statement.cfm

"Kent State University will change lives by encouraging outstanding teaching and innovative learning opportunities, by cultivating excellence in all we do, and by seeking greater access and affordability for our students. Kent State shall expand its dynamic leadership through recognized scholarship and path-breaking research, through increased levels of external support leading to new discoveries and economic development, and through partnerships with other institutions and organizations in the pursuit of academic excellence. To further these common goals, faculty, staff and students, as well as our alumni and community supporters, shall serve as collaborative partners in advancing Kent State's status as a model for 21st-century public higher education." 

Part of KSU's vision is to seek greater access and affordability for students. By implementing the fees in question, Kent State is actually making itself less affordable. We are also supposed to be in the pursuit of academic excellence, which is discouraged by the new fees.

One of the core values in our mission statement puts, "academic freedom as the foundation necessary for critical inquiry in a democratic society." Our academic freedom becomes extremely limited when we are forced to take strictly those classes which are required for our major and LERs.

Finally, a strategic goal in the mission statements tells us that it's KSU's job to, "focus on those we serve, especially our students." The students of KSU would be best served by not being forced to pay extra to further our learning and education in college. It is time that we actually practice what we preach.

 

We, the students of Kent State University, are not happy with the new fees put in place by those who run our university. We need to remember that Kent State is a school, a place for education, and this ideal needs to be put back to the forefront of Kent State's vision.

 

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. We have reached 2,500 signatures AND protest on THURSDAY!

      Michael Crowley
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached just over 2,500 signatures!

      MORE GOOD NEWS: There is a protest THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 12th, 2012 at the RISMAN PLAZA and the 2ND FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY.

      EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS: The PHYSICAL PETITION is now in circulation! We need everyone who has signed the online petition to also sign the the physical petition because we are handing in the physical petition to Lester Lefton.

      Keep spreading the good news!!

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. We have reached 1,500 signatures!

      Michael Crowley
      Petition Organizer

      We are spreading the word so well! Please keep spreading this petition to all of your friends, family, and fellow KSU students! There should be a physical petition spreading around campus soon. Also, soon enough, we will be forming a physical protest. Below is a link to the Facebook page where you can invite your friends and share on your walls for all to see.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • David Anthony AKRON, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      A College education needs to be available for everyone, not just the rich and white.

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    • William Schneider COPLEY, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      To show that kent state university is out of control and needs to treat both there staff and students better.

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    • Debbie Priebe DORSET, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      While I do not agree with some of these posts that only those who are taking more than 17 hours are the best students and they want to be there. I, myself, am only taking 13 credit hours because it is all I can handle atm. Will I graduate on time maybe maybe not but to say that only those who take on more hours are the only ones that want to be there to learn is just plain wrong. I started college so I could learn at my own pace not be badgered on getting it all done NOW! All I am saying with this is that it was just a tad bit wrong to write something like that I dont know maybe its just me. As for a reason, I am unemployed and going to school full time and I barely cover all the expenses for school, and if there ever comes a time where I feel I could take on more than just my tiny little 13 credit hours then I dont want to have to pay more just because of it. With all we pay in tuition and what not for this school I want to know where does the money go? How about this instead of spending it on stupid crap (and for those that go or have gone to the ashtabula branch will understand this) How about using the money for something we need like paving the parking lot, entrances and exits at the main building? or do you just use those as natural speep bumbs that eat your car?

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    • Debbie Priebe DORSET, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I do not agree with this even though I, myself, is only taking 12 to 13 credit hours, but for myself that is all I can handle with everything that goes on in my life. But I do not think it is right for those that are taking more hours should have pay more. We pay enough in fees and tuition as it stands. so my question is where is all that money going to?

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    • K H KINSMAN, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I probably won't have to take over 17 credit hours to graduate in four years, but if I wanted to minor in something (something I am considering) I would. It isn't fair to charge students more for them to be able to minor (or even double major). Tuition is already way more expensive than the average college student can afford. Forcing the prices higher for people who are willing to work harder to achieve more is outrageous. Kent - think of all of the students you could have on your side. One day they will graduate and will go into the world to do incredible things. At some point they will be talking about how much their college was a money-grubbing bastard and that they wish they would have chosen to go somewhere else. Is that the kind of ringing endorsement you want? Or they could be saying, "I loved going to Kent. I felt very well suporrted the whole time I was there. They never overlooked me and they actually listened when we all signed petitions. They made me believe in myself and the things I could do."

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