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MSSA Wants Adjusted IT Fee for Business Students

President Afolayan compares fee to taking single class and paying full-time tuition.

by Emmeline Elliott

Issue date: 3/22/07 Section: Senate Notes

The Minnesota State Student Association recommended changes to the information technology initiative fee assessed to college of business students at yesterday's meeting.

Business students currently pay $125 for the IT fee when enrolled in at least one college of business course.

College of Business senators Brandon Ross and Nikki Hanna proposed a motion to restructure the IT fee assessment to a per credit basis consistent with banded tuition. The motion also recommended developing a recurring survey of the use of the technology provisions provided by the fee, such as the online Wall Street Journal and unlimited printing.

The motion stated that the flat fee of $125 is inconsistent with other university fees being assessed on a per credit basis.

A recurring survey was requested because it was revealed at a previous presentation to the senate from Interim Vice President for IT Bryan Schneider and College of Business Dean Scott Johnson that at this time there is no repeated form of evaluation of IT initiative provisions.

MSSA President Gabe Afolayan compared the IT fee to tuition and said paying the fee as it is now would be like taking one class and still be forced to pay a full-time tuition rate. He agreed that the IT fee needed to be adjusted.

The student senate passed the motion recommending the changes be implemented for the 2007-08 academic year.

Emmeline Elliott is a Reporter staff writer