Student leaders favor tuition cap

Intercom presented various topics to the Student Relations Committee Board of Trustees on Thursday in the Kelly Alumni Center, but tuition was on the minds of most.Intercom is a group of students, mostly presidents from different organizations, who present issues every year to the Board of Trustees.

Lance Kearns, president of Hyperfrogs, presented an alternative plan for setting tuition: a capped increase rate.

“A capped rate would guarantee that students’ tuition would not increase at more than an agreed upon rate every year beginning freshman year,” Kearns said.

The committee was given tuition control measures used by universities, students’ views on tuition and what Intercom heard from administration about a capped increase rate.

Kearns said the rate was introduced to the committee because it is always a concern to students.

“(Intercom) sees this proposal as a compromise between students’ needs to keep tuition low and the board’s need to increase tuition for revenue purposes,” Kearns said.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills said the idea is workable, but questions if it is wise.

Other issues presented to the committee were centralized academic advising, a community outreach center, an educational entrepreneurship fund and “the buzz” on campus.

Centralized academic advising was introduced by Whitney Merritt, president of Panhellenic Council, as a solution to the problems of the current academic advising.

Merritt said academic advising created an unbalanced proportion in student and faculty advising ratio and said permanent advisers are not assigned until a few weeks into fall semester. Centralized advising would allow first-year students to have continuity from academic orientation to the first weeks of class, she said.

Tiffany Baack, vice president of Programming Council, added that the Community Outreach Center should be moved to 2990 W. Berry St. because it would be a convenient location. The center’s purpose, Baack said, is to provide students with practical experience and community service.

Student Government Association President Dave Watson further proposed the educational entrepreneurship fund.

The fund allows student teams to consult business alumni and professors while creating ideas, Watson said.

The members of the Student Relations Committee Board of Trustees were unavailable for comment.