SGA expresses doubts about tuition proposal

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Harley Williams, Student Government Association president, answers a member’s question about the proposed summer tuition incentive Oct. 17 in the craft room of Loftin. The group plans to release a second round of surveys to gauge student opinion on the incentive, which offers three free summer credit hours to students who complete 12 spring or fall credit hours and six free summer credit hours to students who complete 12 spring and fall credit hours.  Photo by Zachary-Taylor Wright

Harley Williams, Student Government Association president, answers a member’s question about the proposed summer tuition incentive Oct. 17 in the craft room of Loftin. The group plans to release a second round of surveys to gauge student opinion on the incentive, which offers three free summer credit hours to students who complete 12 spring or fall credit hours and six free summer credit hours to students who complete 12 spring and fall credit hours. Photo by Zachary-Taylor Wright

Student activity fee electronic survey to be available within two weeks.

By Brianna Rodrigue

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The four Student Government Association leaders and four students discussed the proposed tuition restructuring Oct. 17 during the Student Government Association meeting.

Christopher Scoggins, Student Government Association treasurer, talks to SGA members about the group’s upcoming events. Scoggins discussed an event that will offer free flu shots to students with insurance 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 18 in the mall east of Loftin.  Photo by Zachary-Taylor Wright

Christopher Scoggins, Student Government Association treasurer, talks to SGA members about the group’s upcoming events. Scoggins discussed an event that will offer free flu shots to students with insurance 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 18 in the mall east of Loftin. Photo by Zachary-Taylor Wright

The board of trustees is proposing a tuition plan that would offer two free summer classes if students take 24 hours within the fall and spring semester. If passed, the plan would start in the spring semester.

The proposed plan would require a flat rate of $86 per credit hour for in-district students.

“The more classes you take, it will get a little more expensive,” Williams said.

From the Sept. 13 SGA meeting, nine students had opposed the tuition hike while two approved, and all the SGA leadership members were against the incentive.

Williams was one who opposed at the Sept. 13 meeting because she is used to having summer off so she can take a break from her studies.

“A lot of students were concerned about this because they cannot take summer classes, and what Dr. (Robert) Vela is saying is that if this passes throughout all the Alamo Colleges, what we will do is go about making more classes available to students.”

Williams said that Vela doesn’t want students to feel neglected from this incentive if they cannot take a full load of classes but are paying more.

“I am not thrilled about the incentive because I feel we are not saving money,” SGA treasurer Christopher Scoggins, financial services sophomore, said after the meeting. “If I had done the math right, we will save about $20 to $30, which is not a lot.”

Although he is against it, he said he will try to take a summer class, but he said he did not do well in the previous summer class he had taken.

SGA historian Brett Douglas, psychology sophomore, was against the hike as well because he believed it will not benefit a lot of students, but he likes the fact that students did approve it for the sake of the students who will take advantage of the free summer classes.

The board of trustees will vote on the tuition incentive at the Alamo Colleges board of trustees meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 157 at the Central Texas Technology Center, 2189 FM 758B in New Braunfels. The meeting is open to the public.

Students who can’t attend the board meeting can email the trustees.

Trustees’ email addresses can be found at alamo.edu/district/board under their individual profiles.

In other news from the Oct. 17 meeting, Williams said she hopes SGA will have an electronic student activity fee survey in the mall within two weeks to see if students understand what the student activity fee is and if they will agree to increase the fee.

Students are charge a $1 per credit hour for the student activity fee, and there has been talk to increase it to $2.

“We want to see how students feel and what they think about it,” Williams said.

The survey will also be sent through student email.

SGA congratulated two new members at large, art freshman Marina Ramirez and computer science freshman Bill Zan, who both attended four meetings and stayed involved with SGA, which are the two steps in becoming a member at large.

Williams ended the meeting with events happening at this college such as a free flu shot available to students who have insurance 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday in the mall.

The first 20 students who do not have insurance can get a free flu shot on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other events are Octoberfest Oct. 19, a pumpkin decorating contest Oct. 24 and Screamfest Oct. 31.

Jonathan Ahumada, mathematics and philosophy sophomore attended his first SGA meeting and enjoyed how informative they were.

“They are well-organized, very direct and on point. They were informative, which showed me they care about the students,” Ahumada said.

The next SGA meeting will be noon-1 p.m. Nov. 7 in the craft room of Loftin Student Center. Meetings are open to anyone.

For more information, students can stop by the SGA office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Room 260B in Loftin or follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SACSGA1/.

Students can contact SGA at 210-486-0133.

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