"SGA is committed to seeing the Pointer Compact implemented in the ways the students want, one big stipulation being that seniors will not pay as much as incoming freshman due to the fact that seniors won’t see the same benefits of the programs as freshmen will," Kurhajetz said.
According to the Compact website, "There will be an accountability report submitted by each area annually. These accountability reports will be reviewed by the campus Strategic Planning Committee." In addition, "there is a 5-year review process of differential tuition program at the UW System/Board of Regents level."
After the vote, students shared their thoughts about the results. "They’ve done the students a great disservice," Bohr said. "There should have at least been a consideration of alternatives and a clearer statement about how additional revenue would be spent."
"Personally I was relieved. I thought it was the correct call for the Senate to pass the bill despite the lack of student involvement in the dialogue," Meulemans said. "I made the argument in my open forum time that UWSP was a sinking ship that needed its holes plugged before we took on too much water. In my opinion, this bill was a band-aid that is necessary at this moment. The students of this campus are horrendous when it comes to educating themselves about anything outside of their own bubbles. Perhaps if Justin Beiber was discussing the bill, the students would have paid more attention."
According to the UWSP informational webpage about the Pointer Compact, the plan will:
- Fund a Supplemental Instruction initiative, a "peer-led study sessions" program
-Support free peer-tutoring in math and the sciences and free tutoring for students with special learning needs
-Support undergraduate student research and research grants, the freshman "First Year Experience" and capstone programs
-Fund a Service Learning program within a new Center for Academic Excellence and Student Engagement
-Create a faculty mentor program
-Add a "lab modification" fund
To provide these services, the Pointer Compact will pay for:
-Eight new full-time administrative staff
-20 additional nine-month teaching academic staff
-New student peer-tutoring positions