The Student Success Act proposal that has been approved unanimously by the committee
and presented to the SGA Senate gets back to the original focus of the Student Success Act.
When this Act was put into place, it was a time when the State government was looking at
cutting funding in universities. The student leaders of that time along with administration sat
down to find a way that campus services would not vanish. The original “Save Our School” Act
was to fund Recreation Services, Center for Academic Support, Student Success and Advising,
Student Life and Leadership, and Career Services. Any excess money would be held back into a
holding account in case of a decrease in enrollment. (I took these directly from the signed bill on
April 2, 2012). The fee was passed by the Board of Governors and put into place, but then the
budget cuts did not occur. There was nothing written in to the proposal to discuss what would
occur with the funds if the budget cuts did not occur. Over the next four years, the funds were
appropriated based on many different ways.
This year’s proposal that the committee has approved will fund the student labor and
operating budgets of many different “student services” for at least the next three years. It will
then be up to be reviewed Fall 2019. The departments benefitting from this fund will be the
Center for Academic Support, Student Success, Recreation Services, Esry Health Center, Center
for Multicultural Education, Center for Student Involvement, International Student Services, and
Career Services, again conforming to the original services that were to be saved under the
original act. Missouri Western will still cover the Personnel, Fringe Benefits, and Travel budgets
of the departments that were listed above. The SSA funds will also fund student tickets at all
MWSU Theatre productions and $1 per student per fiscal year will be appropriated towards the
Student Capital Fund. The Student Capital Fund will be used to fund things the students want
and can be accumulated over many years.
This proposal removes the “Us vs. Them,” “students vs. administration” mentality that
has become a focus of the Student Success Act. Now we are back to working for the same goal,
to help fund student services.