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Student Budget Sustainability Task Force

This is the manner in which the SBSTF will analyze the budget.Remember that Student Budget Sustainability Task Force you first heard about this summer?  It’s real, it’s here, and it’s now.  Zachary Malter ’13, President of the WSA, sends in the full list of our saviors via A-Batte:

  • Zachary Malter ’13, Co-Chair, zmalter(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Andrew Trexler ’14, Co-Chair, atrexler(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Rachel Warren ’14, rwarren(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Chi Le ’13, lle(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Alex Japko ’14, ajapko(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Jesse Ross-Silverman ’13, jrosssilverm(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Lina Mamut ’13, pmamut(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Michael Linden ’15, mlinden(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
  • Kevin Aritt ’13, karitt(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

As I understand it, the Task Force is looking for long-term, sustainable solutions that would allow the University to move back to need-blind admissions.  If you have suggestions, contact them!  The University has already made serious cuts in spending over the past few years, and the administration does not believe there are others they can make without making the quality of the Wesleyan experience suffer.  But perhaps they missed something?  Maybe something left should not be as much of a priority?  Or there’s some entirely different alternative? Tell ’em.

If you want to tell “The Man” himself, President Roth will be coming to Wesleying‘s Forum on Need Blind tonight at 8PM in PAC 002.  And don’t forget, there’s always the comments.

Malter: Student Task Force is “Moving Forward”

“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.”

In a 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.