So, coming off a particular thread of conversation that’s been popping up contemporaneously with the WSA Elections – this school’s affordability in the face of rising tuition fees – the WSA recently held a forum that brought in President Roth, Vice President for Finance and Administration John Meerts, and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Nancy Meislahn to speak to concerned students and provide their perspective on the issue.
We sent in one of our super-duper undercover reporters to oversee the proceedings. Scribbles from hir notepad after the jump. Also, remember to write-in your vote for WSA Election dark horse (or Horse of Color) candidate A-Batte. #anwar4lyfe
- Wesleyan Operating Revenue: 2005 — $188M, 2012 — $231M
- 70% of budget paid for by students who attend the university.
- 2013: undergrad financial aid = 29% of the Education & General budget. Financial aid budget going up 15%.
- Question: how much student tuition can we afford to give back in financial aid?
- Roth: “The zone is where you have the right mix of tuition payers and aid receivers.”
- One solution: create a plan so students can graduate in 3 years — by taking classes for half-summer terms. Is it feasible?
- Roth: “You can see it on the website.”
- Roth: “I’m willing to share all the budget info I have that doesn’t compromise an individual’s confidentiality.”
- Roth: “25% of students play a varsity sport. Eliminate sports? what about those students? Who’s to say what is and isn’t Wesleyan?”
- Roth: “It’s not up to me to say we’re not gonna do that anymore.”
- Roth: “We should be as generous with financial aid as we can possibly be.” “Maybe work-study is too high.” Wesleyan will be more need-aware in the coming years — especially with regard to wait list — “but we should be as little need-aware as possible.”
- Roth: “I’d be happy to meet with a group of you and your friends,” etc, has office hours, makes public appearances on campus, etc. Roth mentions that he can take more initiative to organize these meetings
- People start arguing about whether or not that’s relevant to the budget.
- Roth refuses to comment on chalking issue.