Lower Arcadia University's Tuition for an Off Campus Semester

Lower Arcadia University's Tuition for an Off Campus Semester

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Olivia Crumb started this petition to Arcadia University and

Arcadia University prides itself on its campus, stating "from arts and athletics to housing and dining options, Arcadia University's campus provides you with what you need to be well rounded and well supported". Personally speaking, campus provided me with a safe and supportive environment for me to seek independence through the form of organizations, events, and an education that could engage me. Hearing that the university has no plans to discount tuition for an online-only campus with online-only resources is ignoring that their on-campus resources and environment positively affects education. Stating their reason not to lower tuition is that the education and online resources are providing an equal experience to on-campus life is harmful and ignorant to Arcadia's most vulnerable students.


Neurodivergent students like myself found the online portion of last semester difficult because our brains cannot process information the same online vs in person. Whether it be distractions in our own homes, the lack of engagement in our lessons, or any other factors, many students feel as if they are unable to get a meaningful education online. Many students need in-person lessons to retain information. Regardless of any online resources the university has adapted, these students are still going to struggle, and therefore not have the same learning experiences.


A large population of students also are out of state/international students, and their lesson times are going to be greatly affected by having to do classes online. For students in other time zones to have to wake up earlier or stay up a lot later will lose precious sleep that will affect their education as well as their health.


Students may also face home environments that could greatly impact their education regardless of online help. To help themselves and their families. they may have to take up a job that pulls study time away. Students in an abusive and toxic household may feel their mental health decline due to their surroundings, which will affect their grades and ability to learn. Many students with art and technology-based majors may find it difficult to get supplies that were easy to access on campus at home. As a theatre student, having a lack of rehearsal space is damaging to my education because I can't practice at home without guaranteeing I disturb one of my family members.


For students who come from working-class families or that financially struggle, having a lack of in-person resources such as a library, internet service, a campus bookstore, free in-person tutoring, etc are going to be hard to replace. These students, most of whom have no access to transportation, will have to seek outside resources such as local libraries, which aside from being difficult will also defeat the purpose of holding classes online only in the name of social distancing and staying home.


All of these students' educations are greatly changed and affected by online-only classes. The university may promise online resources to help educate, stating that things will be the same as in-person is ignoring the many vulnerable students who are at risk of falling behind. Arcadia says its decision to pull everything off-campus is in the best interest of their students. If they care about their students' interests, especially those in such compromising situations as stated, they would acknowledge that not everything will be the same, and that tuition needs to reflect that.

 

If tuition does manage to be lowered to benefit our students, it should also be done ethically to not hurt the income of faculty. They are and have been working tirelessly in order to help us from our homes, and therefore lower tuition should not result in pulling funds from their paychecks. 

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