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From the President

Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Response to Senate Recommendation: Student Fee Increase

At its February 13, 2015, meeting, the College Senate approved a resolution to support changes to broad-based student fees for fiscal year 2015–2016 as presented by the college administration as follows:

WHEREAS, enrollments have declined for the past three years, causing a reduction in revenues for the broad-based fee accounts; and,

WHEREAS, fringe benefit costs continue to increase expenses; and

WHEREAS, in the past two years, administration has balanced accounts by reducing administrative overhead expenses, internal reallocations, expenditure controls, and fee increases,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the College Senate support the administration’s broad-based fee increase of 2.1 percent ($22) for the 2015–2016 fiscal year, with the following individual changes: increases for Athletics = $11, Health = $4, and Technology = $7.

I thank the College Senate, especially the Student Welfare and Budget and Staff Allocations committees, for its careful review, consultation, and action on the proposal to increase broad-based fees. I have charged the vice president for finance and management with the responsibility of implementing the process within SUNY guidelines and deadlines to effect this change with the 2015–2016 academic year.

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