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.
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.
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.
If Andy Ribner ’14 were a Modest Mouse song, he would be “Education,” from that one really mediocre album with Johnny Marr randomly on it:
Interested in education? Want to take more classes that have to do with education? Think the certificate is cool, but that Wesleyan should have an education major or a teaching certification program?
Come to a general interest meeting for a Task Force on Educational Programs at Wes! Our goal is to show strong student interest for new programs to hopefully facilitate the growth of an education department.
Date: tomorrow, April 11
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Usdan 110