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Volume 68, Isssue 106, Friday, February 28, 2003


Final SFAC report goes to Smith for approval

Cougar News Staff

With the fate of more than $10.5 million in student fees at hand, the Student Fees Advisory Committee releases its final report and recommendation to UH President Arthur K. Smith and Vice President Elwyn C. Lee today after several days of closed-door deliberations this week.

The report will detail the allotments for each unit, or organization, that presented to SFAC during the scheduled hearings last week and make a recommendation as to whether or not the Student Service Fee needs to be upped to fund campus programs.

When composing the report, the committee attends to four key standards of evaluation: studentsi needs, financial competence of a unit, number of students served by a unit and the overall success of a program.

Lee advised against a fee hike in his overview to the committee on the last day of hearings Feb. 21.

"With tuition and other fees going up" it would be unwise to look for student support of another fee hike, Lee said.

The report will also approve or deny one-time funding requests made by the units outside their general budget request.

Last year, the SFAC report distributed $10.3 million, setting aside another $1.3 million in reserves. The committee is likely to seek a similar reserve level this time around, and is highly encouraged to do so by Lee, who told the committee that the University faces considerable uncertainty.

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