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Petitioning Columbia College Chicago

Freeze Tuition and Halt Prioritization



  • 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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