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SSA Advisory Committee Meets

(subhead = “Student Success Act committee meets to discuss use of student fee”)

(This article goes between 2 plans)

It all started with a plea for help from administration.

The Student Success Act was enacted to help alleviate the costs of decreasing state appropriations, help Missouri Western continue the services it has and keep the buildings properly maintained.

When the budget cuts from the state never occurred, the fee stayed.

The Student Success Act is student-raised funding that appears in every student’s bill each semester and costs every full-time student $75 each semester.

With this extra money, the Student Success Act Advisory Committee has been able to fund needy areas on campus that directly benefit students and make sure that these programs and services can stay viable and improve.

The specific areas that the act focuses on are Recreational Services, Center of Academic Support, Student Success and Advising, Student Life and Career Services.

The Advisory Committee is made up of three student leaders, appointed by the Student Government Association President, and three administrative members, appointed by the University President.

Serving on behalf of the students, the 2014-15 Advisory Committee consists of Mary Beth Rosenauer, Brandon Grieshaber and Haden McDonald. The members of administration on the committee are Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeanne Daffron, Dean of Professional Studies Kathleen O’Connor and Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director for the MWSU Foundation Jerry Pickman.

“This year, what we’d like to do is really get this information out to the students so they know what is going on,” Grieshaber said. “There has been bad communication on both ends on it in terms of students really looking into it and us providing more information on it.”

The committee initially passed a proposal to save the money for three consecutive years, with the end result being a massive renovation to the second floor of the Blum Union. The fee is worth around $224,000 per year in total, making the budget for the Blum project about $672,000.

The project would include new paint and carpet for the floor, redoing the walls to add space to the rooms and take away the wide hallways and setting up a new International Student Center.

The committee is currently hearing proposals from administration as well as students to reallocate the funds to serve to help the university fulfill the guidelines set out by the master plan commissioned earlier this year.

Currently the committee has two proposals on the table: one from Dr. Cale Fessler, vice president for financial planning and administration, and one from SGA Senator Brian Shewell.

Although the fee is no longer destined for its original purpose, both students and administration agree that they will keep the fee and use the students’ money in other ways.

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