Reduce Fall Tuition University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Reduce Fall Tuition University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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Elizabeth Kohler started this petition to University of Minnesota Board of Regents and

On May 8, 2020 the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted on the 2020-21 school year budget. This budget included a one-year freeze on student tuition. Since May, we have learned fall semester will be delivered through multiple formats, each class decided on by the professor. It is very clear that many professors will continue to be cautious in these unprecedented times, leading to many of our classes being delivered in an online format.

As many of us have experienced this year, online classes may not provide the same quality of education that an in-person course would. This includes a much more challenging approach for students to take, as well as missed opportunities in working with professors, research and independent studies. Varied methods of instruction and technological comprehension of instructors has also widely impacted the quality of education being taught. Not all instructors are well versed in strategies and techniques that maximize learning in an online environment.

In addition to lower academic standards through online instruction, there are also fewer opportunities for students to engage with the university and the university community. For many students the deciding factor to attend a university like UMN is based on the experiences they may get to enjoy in tandem with their academic studies. Because of coronavirus and the move to more online coursework, these opportunities for experiences no longer exist, far reducing the value of student enrollment at the University of Minnesota.

Due to the necessary lateness of this decision by the Board of Regents, many students have already signed year-long leases despite the fact that it may be unnecessary for them to live in the Twin Cities metro area as a student. As a country we are already experiencing economic strain, students being hit especially hard and struggling to find work.

Another major factor in restricting classes to an online format is accessibility. Not all students will have equal access to technology or reliable internet services. Those who live in remote areas may need to travel to access their courses, which may add to cost. To accommodate social distancing guidelines, resources such as the University libraries may be limited in the number of devices available to students. Because of this students may be required to provide their own devices which may, again, add to cost.

Therefore, the Board of Regents should take immediate action to address the altered value of education at the University of Minnesota that reflects these issues and reduce fall tuition for students.

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