Six months ago, I posted that a newly conceived Student Budget Sustainability Task Force, the brainchild of WSA President Zachary Malter ’13, would be forming in the fall of 2012 and eventually articulating formal recommendations to President Roth and the Board of Trustees. Malter pieced together the concept quickly in the wake of widespread opposition to a need-aware Wesleyan.
As promised, the student-run committee has “worked extensively to evaluate the suitability of the recent move to a capped financial aid budget and need-aware admissions policy,” and the members have formulated a memorandum to the committee explaining their process thus far and the specific proposals that are under consideration. These aren’t their formal recommendations. Rather, the task force writes, “it is meant to spark conversation and debate before our final report.”
On President Malter’s request, I’m reposting the memorandum in full. You can also find it in PDF form here.
And we’re back. For the second day in a row, the All Student Meeting on Budget Priorities is streaming, live on USTREAM, courtesy of Ben Doernberg’ 13. As I write this, WSA President Zachary Malter ’13 is giving an introduction; you can watch him above or on USTREAM.
As Syed noted yesterday, these are some of the hypothetical budget-cutting options that the Task Force is considering:
- Increase faculty teaching load from 4 courses to 5 courses a year
- Replace fifteen tenure-track professors with visiting professors
- Eliminate 13 staff members
- Reduce library acquisition budget by 29%
- Reduce facilities maintenance budget
- Sell faculty/staff and graduate rental units
- Eliminate half of woodframe houses
- Change housing system so that most frosh are n triples and most sophomores are in doubles
- Reduce athletics
- Reduce co-curricular programs
- Raise tuition more rapidly than inflation
- Draw more money from the endowment every year
- Eliminate the no loan policy for students from families making less than $40,000 a year
F0r more detail on any of these, watch the stream.
Live video from your iPhone using Ustream
Couldn’t make it out to the All Student Meeting on Budget Priorities tonight? No worries, Ben Doernberg ’13 saves the day once again with his livestream. Zachary Malter ’13 of the Student Budget Sustainability Task Force introduces, explaining how the university budget works, and what can be done.
There’s also a survey for student input, that you can check out here.
From Zach Malter ’13 and the rest of the Student Budget Sustainability Task Force:
Want to have a voice in the future of Wesleyan?
Want to ensure that the special things about Wes don’t get cut? Want to give suggestions that will potentially make need blind possible?
Would you support major cuts to housing options, athletics, or staff if it meant increasing financial aid or restoring need blind? Would you support raising tuition or loan levels if it meant keeping need blind?
Come discuss these issues at one of two All Student Meetings on Student Priorities with the Student Budget Sustainability Task Force. The Task Force is making recommendations to President Roth about the future of Wesleyan in light of the administration’s recent decision to eliminate need blind.
Back in June, WSA President Zach Malter ’13 proposed the Student Budget Sustainability Task Force—his means of involving more student voices in the debate surrounding need blind admissions. Thanks to Malter’s efforts, the task force will be proceeding as planned, and it is now seeking highly motivated members:
As many of you know, President Roth has proposed to scale back need blind admissions. For more information, check out here, here, or here. In response, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) has decided to form the Student Budget Sustainability Task Force, composed of WSA representatives and non-WSA representatives alike in the classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015, which will make recommendations to the administration and identify budget cuts, cost savings, or new revenues to offset the cost of need blind admission.
“Given the deep student concern and the significant consequences related to scaling back need blind, I see tackling this issue as my single greatest priority.”
A few weeks ago, we updated you on a post by WSA President Zach Malter ’13 regarding the University’s shift towards need-aware admissions and the concern it has generated among students. Malter argued for more legitimate student input in Wesleyan’s financial decisions: he proposed forming a “Student Budget Sustainability Task Force” to identify areas for cuts and seek alternatives to cutting need-blind. The group would present its recommendations to the administration in November—and, Malter stresses, “no need-blind related decisions should be finalized until then.”
new more recent posting, Malter says the task force, which he suggested to President Roth’s office on June 18, will form as planned “within the first three weeks of classes.” Malter managed to speak with President Roth himself about the plan, which Malter calls his “top priority”:
I had several conversations with the President’s office and one with the President himself about the task force. President Roth is willing to work with the task force—to meet with the group, share documents, and answer questions—so they can be sufficiently informed and provide meaningful recommendations. He will also ask other administrators to cooperate. As a result, we will be moving forward with the task force, constituting the group within the first three weeks of classes.