We are here to get an education above all else. We realize the Bearcat experience can be lacking at times in this area. We’re here to ensure your school needs are met and you are able to succeed in the classroom and in the workplace without unnecessary barriers.
A. 21 Credit Hour Fee Forgiveness
1. Why? Sometimes an extra 3 credit hour allowance would go a long way! Certain situations and students could use an extra charge-free credit hours to graduate early and kick-start their careers as successful Bearcat alum.
2. Who? Students who must take over 18 credit hours due to different reasons including transferring, switching majors, adding majors/minors, graduate school courses, non-traditional student experiences, and more.
3. What? Allow students with a (proven) high GPA and special circumstances 3 extra credit hours without charge each semester they’re eligible.
4. How? Work with the Provost’s Office to create requirements that would allow for this to happen and ensure funding is sufficient to support the students who would use this. This has been proven to work at other Universities.
B. First Year Experience Development
1. Why? So many topics that are relevant to our world and careers go undiscussed. The first year is the ideal time to integrate values such as diversity and inclusion, suicide prevention, gender-based violence awareness, fiscal smarts, among other things. What better place to learn these than in the first year in learning communities?
2. Who? First year Bearcats in learning communities.
3. What? Integrate these ideas into the FYE without creating a new class by utilizing the extra pockets of time in learning community classes.
4. How? We will propose the plan to FYE leaders and connect them to the appropriate offices.
C. Co-Op Fees
1. Why? We don’t think student should have to spend an entire paycheck on their co-op fee each semester at just over $400/semester, especially when the experience is required by the program.
2. Who? Students in required co-op programs with charges (CEAS, IT, DAAP)
3. What? Work to reduce the co-op fees or get students more “bang for their buck” when on co-op.
4. How? It’s a problem that’s always discussed, but rarely taken action on. We will work with the Career Development Center, ProPEL, SG Director of Career Services, all the college tribunals, as well as upper-level administration to cut costs and figure out where each and every student dollar is going--and how it can be better used for the good of the co-op student. It’s a unique problem to our campus, but we’re sure there’s more to be done about this.