The Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Lynn Briggs, has been going from classroom to classroom for more than a week, informing students of changes that are going to be occurring to classes and their scheduling at Eastern. For the past three years, a scheduling task force has been analyzing and preparing for a new scheduling process in order to improve upon time conflicts, classroom suitability and the consistency of courses being offered.
Gov. Christine Gregoire has recently proposed raising the tuition cap placed on state universities from 7 percent to 14 percent, doubling the potential for increased tuition costs, causing heavy implications for many of Eastern’s low income students. If implemented, state university tuition rates would then be raised 14 percent more the following academic year, with an overall 30 percent increase.
When one enters the Pence Union Building, among the first things seen in the midst of students eating meals and the piano regularly being played off to the side are booths where companies, clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities greet people as they enter.
Following the current budget crisis occurring at both a state and university level, I have come to the rather morbid conclusion that what comes to pass within the halls of the Capitol in Olympia is beyond what little influence we here at Eastern have. However, what we do have influence over and the potential to control is what happens once the university is informed of its funding.
A gathering of more than 200 people that included students and faculty members crammed the PUB MPR April 6, where a budget forum was held by the University Budget Committee (UBC) at noon. For 90 minutes, the President’s Executive Council (PEC) presented the first round of budget reductions in the proposed budget based on anticipated actions by the state legislature, of which there are three financial outcomes for Eastern concerning state funding.