Smith gives his feedback
to student fee committee
numbers mean less money to distribute
By Romina Kim
Daily Cougar Staff
UH President Arthur K. Smith submitted
his recommendations to the report for the Student Fee Advisory Committee
regarding the allocations of student fees for the 2001-02 school year.
SFAC Chairman Nick Earles said he received
a letter from Smith, in which he reviewed the recommendations and provided
his feedback on the work of the committee.
He added that the only change Smith suggested
is in reference to the committee's recommendation for the Student Government
Smith recommended that SGA's budget be
reduced to half of what the committee proposed. In its initial report,
SFAC had suggested that the funds for SGA be cut by $11,000 for the next
The committee voiced its concerns regarding
the type of information provided by the student association.
In the letter, Smith stated that "the SGA
problems have indeed contributed to a significant reduction in SGA representatives
actively serving on committees, depriving students of representation on
many important committees."
Smith added that while he acknowledged
the concerns the committee may have regarding student association, he was
urged by SGA President James Robertson Jr. to disapprove of the recommendation.
"The SGA president has requested that I
disapprove the SFAC recommendation in light of the fact that hope for the
future can be found in the increased voter turnout over the last two years,"
the letter reads.
However, Smith did agree with the committee
to leave the SGA budget as a one-time allocation instead of a base allocation.
Smith also praised the work of the committee,
noting that the lower enrollment numbers meant less money to distribute
among the organizations.
He also commended the recommendation to
increase the fee to $122 from $112 per semester fee for students taking
six or more credit hours.
"I applaud your sensible planning for both
anticipated and unanticipated needs," he said in the letter.
The committee had submitted its recommendations
last month to Smith, Dean of Students William Munson and Vice President
for Student Affairs Elwyn Lee.
Earles said that the recommendations will
now be sent to the UH System Board of Regents for final approval during
its next meeting.