Interim dean says students ‘have a big voice’ in deciding to raise activity fee, request activities.
By Alyssa Zapata
Richard Farias, the interim dean of student success, said he will recommend Sept. 23 that the Student Activity Fee Committee propose an increase in the student activity fee next spring.
In spring 2014 students declined the vote to increase from $1 per credit hour to $2 per credit hour.
“The average student at this college takes nine credit hours, so the activity fee would increase from $9 to $18,” Farias said.
The fee covers intramural sports, men’s and women’s basketball, co-ed boxing, student government and events around campus for students. In May 2015 The Ranger reported that the salaries of three coaches had been removed from the student activity fee.
The coaches’ salaries will be under the college’s budget for part-time workers. According to Board Policies F.2.3.1 Student Services Fee Advisory Committee, the Student Activity Fee Committee reviews each fiscal year’s budget and “can recommend approval, approval with modifications or disapproval for specific reasons.”
Annual funding requests are due by Feb. 15, and the committee approves or denies them by April 15.
Students have been asking for a men’s and women’s volleyball team and soccer team, Farias said.
“If funds were available, what would students like to see?” he said. “Students have a big voice.”
The next committee meeting will be 3 p.m. tomorrow in the president’s large conference room in Fletcher Administration Center. The committee meets every first Thursday of the month. For more information, call 210-486-0125.