Changes at D'Youville that are negatively affecting the students.
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Since the change of leadership of D’Youville in 2017, we, the undersigned, have witnessed many changes that are negatively affecting the students of the college. We have seen tuition fees increase, classes being led by unqualified faculty, removal of baccalaureate, separation of graduation, and the inability to take into consideration the students’ views on any changes being made.
Between the complete gymnasium remodel and the entire weekend full of festivities for the president’s inauguration, we can’t help but wonder where our college is getting the money from to pay for these. D’Youville students can’t help but wonder, “Is the money coming from our tuition dollars?” It would only make sense since the newly inaugurated president began in the spring of 2017 semester, our tuition and fees have gone up significantly, when previously under Sister Denise, tuition and fees were raised in small increments. Here are some examples:
Tuition (per semester)-
Fall 2016: $12,370
Spring 2017: $12,370
Fall 2017: $12,620
(This is an increase from spring to fall semester of 2017, of $250)
Fall 2016: $285
Spring 2017: $315
Fall 2017: $390
(From Fall 2016 semester to Spring 2017 semester, fees only increased by $30. By viewing the finance statement, students see that this is simply because an interest fee was added. However, from Spring 2017 to Fall 2017 semester, fees increased by $75. By viewing the finance statement again, students will see that the health professions fee increased by $25 and the general fee increased by $30.)
When taking 500 and 600 level courses, graduates’ tuition is $924 per credit hour. 700 courses and up are increased to $1,012 per credit hour. This is a $88 increase PER CREDIT HOUR for graduate students moving onto doctorate level classes. Let’s say the average graduate student is taking 15 credits. There is a $1,320 difference between the 500/600 level classes and the 700 level classes. To put these numbers in perspective, Canisus’s graduate tuition ranges from $819-$979 per credit hour.
From these statistics, it seems as though our money is being spent in all of the wrong areas and for the wrong reasons.
A huge concern for students, especially those in their undergraduate years, is the unqualified faculty teaching classes. The largest concern being for the BIO 108 lab sections being taught by a biology tutor and teaching assistant instead of a qualified professor; and in some cases, undergraduate students are being used as TA’s which is against school policies where experienced master's level students fill the roles of TA's. Another issue with unqualified professors teaching classes are when professors quit out of no where and their replacements have no experience in the class whatsoever. One specific example is a histology course being taught by a professor with a degree in toxicology and the students knowing how to complete a gam stain better than the professor. Another specific example is a photography class being taught by a UB professor who’s degree is in design and is making the students redo the majority of the work that they have already turned in.
By far the biggest concern of students is not having a say in the majority of the changes happening to D’Youville. A few of these changes are as follows:
Changes that have already happened:
· Removal of Baccalaureate
· Graduation date from Saturday to Sunday
· Graduation separated into two ceremonies (where is the money coming from to rent out Kleinhan’s all day?)
· Student Appreciation Days
Changes looking to happen:
· Increase of FAT (Free Activity Time) to every day
· D’Youville logo changed from spartan to “D”
· Student Appreciation Days being ONLY food trucks instead of across campus
The increase of FAT to every day for 1 hour will greatly influence the students in a negative way. We have a large student population of students that are not straight from high school. How will this affect their time in spending time with their families if FAT is pushing into class times? Too much FAT will force classes to go later in the day, making it more difficult to have time for a job after classes. Too much FAT will cause classes to conflict more often, making it harder to fit classes into our schedules. Too much FAT won’t completely eliminate conflicts between clubs since they will still choose when their meeting time is. Here are some examples of FAT at other colleges:
o St. John Fisher: Tuesday/Thursday 12:20-1:40 (80 minutes)
o Grove City: None
o Buffalo State: Tuesday/Thursday 12:15-1:30 (75 minutes)
o University of Southern Florida: None
o Daemen: Tuesday/Thursday 11:30-1:00 (90 minutes)
o University at Buffalo: None
o Brockport: None
o Hilbert: None (No classes on Fridays)
o Canisius: None
o Case Western: Friday 12:30-2:00 (90 minutes)
o Trocaire: None
o Erie Community College: None
o Alfred: None
Putting aside the view that we don’t need FAT time every day, we the students were never informed/asked/surveyed about this change that is very close to occurring. Students were never consulted changes in graduation and the removal of baccalaureate and any of the above listed changes that have occurred or are going to occur. All of these changes are the students’ decisions being made for us.
We, the undersigned, believe that the students of D’Youville College have the right to have a voice in the changes being made. We, the students, want surveys to go out to the student population on the changes that have already been made (i.e. removal of baccalaureate, changes in graduation date, separation of graduation, student appreciation days involving less faculty and more food trucks instead etc.). As tuition and fees increase, we want a report of where our money is being spent. While spending at least twice as much money here at D’Youville versus a state school, we want qualified professors for all of our classes.
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