The tuition money would have
gone to fund thing such as adding
sections of over crowed classes, giving
professors pay raises, and increasing
funding to the Tutoring and Learning
“As far as the tuition freeze goes
from the student end it is a great thing
for students. Now, instead of having
a consistent five and a half percent
raise students will know what their
tuition is going to be,” said David
Boardman, vice president of the SGA.
“As far as the University goes it
may mean that we are going to have
to look around and find out how
much money is available and be more
innovative with our solutions.”
In addition to the loss of money
from the tuition freeze $2.5 million
was cut from UWSP’s biannual
budget. The cuts will be spaced out
over two years, cutting two million
from this year’s budget and another
half million from next year’s budget.
“It was one of the largest budget
cuts that we’ve ever seen,” said Erin
Hintz, budget director for UWSP.
The university will be leaning
on reserve money to get through the
budget cut and tuition freeze without
cutting programs or departments for
the first year.
“Because we were able to cover
the cost of the cuts, we will have a
year before we have to start making
those hard decisions,” said Ryan
Specht, president of the SGA.
Boardman said that you can
expect to see UW administration
trying to mend the fences with
Wisconsin legislatures to rebuild
some of the trust that was lost after
the reserve was found.
Two projects that will not be lost
in the midst of budget cuts are the
Green Fund and the new science
building, although there was initial concern that both projects would be
tabled. The Green Fund, and SGA
funded project, will start work in
a few weeks and the state will be
funding the new science building to
be built in 2015.
Differential tuition, which the
SGA has been lobbying to implement
at UWSP for the past two years, has
also been tabled, as it is a form of
tuition. The SGA went to the Capital
and lobbied to be allowed to keep the tuition but they were turned
down. The SGA will be allowed to
make another attempt to implement
differential tuition in two years, when
the tuition freeze will end.
Despite the freeze, SGA was
able to maintain the right to raise
segregated fees, which fund things
like health services, the TLC, and the
campus cab. The SGA did opt not to
raise fees this semester.