Voice supports Falcon Promise
December 9, 2010
The Chancellor came to the Student Senate asking for its support on The Falcon Promise: a student investment through differential tuition. The proposal would increase differential tuition for students over a period of three years from $72 to $160. At $160, UW-River Falls would have the third lowest differential tuition in the UW-System.
The Falcon Promise would give these funds to support additional tutoring, undergraduate research, student scholarships and enhanced learning spaces. Supporting this increase would mean that, as Falcons, you are promising to make commitments to help each other learn and grow at this university. As their promise to us, UWRF would match dollar for dollar what students pay in differential tuition.
The Student Voice hopes that as students, you will give the chancellor your support in the implementation of the Falcon Promise, as it was first proposed to Senate.
Senate embarrassed itself Tuesday when several senators felt that they had done enough research over the past few weeks — or felt they had enough personal experience — to counteract months of planning by Chancellor Dean Van Galen, Provost Dr. Fernando P. Delgado and Interim Executive Director of University Advancement and Interim President of UW-River Falls Foundation Dan McGinty.
The Senate became caught up in that what they thought had to be perfectly fair and equal. Certainly not every student needs tutoring help, uses labs for research or wants to study abroad; that doesn’t mean, however, we should deny students who could benefit from those experiences the opportunity.
As Van Galen mentioned at the Tuesday meeting, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”
At a university where students are taking their exams perched on a spare stool in the corner because there are not enough desks, where students miss out on chances to study abroad or even finish college because they lack the financial means, the Voice has no objections to student money being spent on classroom renovations, tutoring or scholarships.
As a symbol of support from the student body, the Chancellor requested the help of the Senate on this proposition.
But Senate has been inefficient in its representation of the student body, and any backing by them would be considered a detriment rather than an asset.
By making this promise and helping each other, students are also helping themselves, and their university, to better serve future students as it has served this current student body.
Dear readers, we encourage you to contact your Senate representatives and tell them that you support your roommates, neighbors, friends and classmates and The Falcon Promise.