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Programs asking EC for Tier II tuition money to add more employees

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Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 23:02

Requests for an increase in Tier II tuition were given to the USU Student Association Executive Council on Tuesday, and all groups requested money to finance an additional staff position.

Different programs and departments at a university receive money from students’ tuition, labeled “Tier II.” Examples include the library, IT services, academic advising and partial employee compensation. The numbers vary from university to university and are set according to the amount of requests.

According to the Utah System of Higher Education website, the second tier of tuition is based on a recommendation by the institution's president and board of trustees. Implementation of Tier II tuition requires public notice and a public hearing.

The USHE website states the first tier of tuition must be the same across all institutions and is based on the budget set by the Utah Legislature.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, four requests were made for Tier II tuition increases from Career Services, University Advising, Counseling and Psychological Services and the Academic Resource Center. All the groups are housed in Student Services.

Derek Jack from Career Services explained the responsibility of his department is to help students make connections early in college and choose a satisfying career.

“At Career Services, we not only help students, but alumni,” he said. “It takes time and effort and some intentional planning to be able to do something like this effectively.”

The department offers a course, PSY 1220, called Career and Life Planning. There are four sections, two in the fall and two in the spring, with approximately 280 students in each section and about 200 students on a waitlist.

Jack requested finances to fund additional instructors for two more sections of the course. Each instructor would receive $3,000 for compensation plus benefits. Six sections total would cost $18,000 plus benefits, which is $7,650.

Eighty percent of the Career Services budget comes from the various fairs and expos held by the group semester, Jack said. The group doesn’t receive any Tier II tuition currently, but has in the past.

Jack also requested finances for an assessment program, $1,000, and wages for three graduate level interns, $7,000.

The total amount of money requested was $33,650.

University Advising also requested funds for additional staffing needs. The office is responsible for undeclared students, undeclared business, nursing and allied health, students exploring associate degrees and peer advisers.

Stephanie Hamblin said the number of students her office deals with is over the limit, according to the National Academic Advising Association.

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