University unveils proposed spending plan on website

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Published 2012-12-11T20:27:00Z”/>


Laura Hass

Students got their first glimpse at how money from the proposed Chico Compact for Student Success could be spent when a university website went live Dec. 3.

The website includes a 48-slide presentation that describes how an estimated $14 million raised over three years from the new student fee could be spent, and includes possible spending on academic success, enhanced technology, learning resources and career and life success programs.

“Students want a lot more specificity,” said Chico State President Paul Zingg, who proposed the fee Sept. 24 at an Associated Students board of directors meeting. “More is better. Put as much specificity as much as you can. Students need something to react to.”

Declining state support over the years has led the 23 campuses in the California State University system to rely more on student fees, according to the website.

Students should have a voice in deciding where the fee money is spent, Chico State student Gordie Mann said.

“I think it would be pretty cool for the students to be able to vote on what specific things the fees pay for, so that we can have more say in what the money we are paying is going to,” Mann said.

Other CSUs like San Jose State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State L.A. and Cal State East Bay have implemented their own student success fees.

Under the current proposal, students could pay $150 in the 2013 to 2014 academic year. Each year, the fee will increase by $150 until it costs $450 annually.

The fee is expected to raise between $2,092,500 and $2,325,000 from 2012 to 2014, assuming 15,500 students are enrolled at Chico State during that time.

“If I had to pay this fee, I’d hope it would somehow make the classes not so large,” said Natalie Miller, a liberal studies major.

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<strong>Laura Hass can be reached at</strong> <a href=”mailto:[email protected]”><em>[email protected]</em></a>

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