By Emmanuel Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
Are you aware of the fees you pay? CSUSB has adopted “Success Fees” in 2011 to improve programs and services and increase timely graduation rates.
The fees are meant to improve advising and tutoring programs, career services, improved wireless access technologies, online-course delivery and improved “smart classrooms,” according to Huffington Post.
“There is a greater push to provide online instruction, greater attention to wireless technology(eduroam),” said Dr. Mayo Toruño, professor and chair of the economics department.
“I have no way of knowing, however, whether these changes are directly related to the implementation of the ‘Success Fees’,” continued Toruno.
Proponents of the “Success Fees” argue that they have not been able to recover from the previous budget cuts, making these fees a necessity, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
Despite increased budgets, four more Cal States are considering implementing “Success Fees” this year.
However, a report from the California Budget Project found that state support would remain nearly one-quarter below the levels recorded prior to the recession.
Dr. Brian Haynes, Vice President of Student Affairs, failed to respond after numerous emails and phone calls.
Opponents argue that the programs and services funded should be covered by existing tuition fees and state funding.
“Maybe I’m just a cynic, but I interpret these fees as loopholes to get around the tuition ceiling,” said CSUSB student and economics major Hailey Allison.
Governor Jerry Brown’s moratorium on tuition increases mandates public universities to hold tuition flat at the 2011-12 rates through 2016-17, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Brown’s budget emphasizes timely graduations, four years, as one of the state’s top priorities for public education, as stated in Los Angeles Times.