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Resolution in Opposition of the Governor

Resolution in Opposition of the Governor’s Proposed 10 % CSU Student Fee Increase for 2007-2008

Adopted February 19th, 2007

WHEREAS,      the Associated Students of Humboldt State University is the official recognized voice of over 7,000 students in the California State   University (CSU) system and assists in the protection of rights and       interests of the student body as well as the student body; and

WHEREAS,      the California Master Plan guarantees access to affordable, quality   higher education; and

WHEREAS,      according to the California Post Secondary Education Commission special report in Keeping College Affordable, “support for higher         education has slipped from 17% of the state general fund budget in     1976 to 11% in 2006, resulting in students paying greater share of       higher education costs, causing an increase in student related debt”;              and

WHEREAS,      federal and state financial aid do not meet the need of the increasing         college student population; and

WHEREAS,      student services have been the first to be cut causing limited access to       the CSU system for first generation students as well as state residents;    and

WHEREAS,      Academic Preparation and Outreach Programs, such as Educational         Opportunity Program (EOP), have assisted 1 in 5 first generation     college students with a successful plan for graduation; and

WHEREAS,      this fee increase will be the sixth since 2001 and student fees have   been raised 76% for undergraduate and 100% for graduate students         since that time; and be it

WHEREAS,      this fee increase would cost students and families $202.5 million of   which $97.8 million is in the CSU and $104.7 million is in the UC

RESOLVED,      the Associated Students of Humboldt State University calls on the   California Board of Trustees to take a formal opposing stance on the         Governor’s proposed student fee increase and advocate with students   of the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED,      the Associated Students of Humboldt State University strongly urge         the Legislature and the Governor to make higher education a priority   and fund the $65 million dollars needed to safeguard the accessibility   and affordability of the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED,      the Associated Students of Humboldt State University requests the Governor and the Legislature to rollback student fees; and be it finally

RESOLVED,      that copies be distributed to but not limited to; President Rollin       Richmond, The Lumberjack Newspaper, the Times Standard,      University Announcements, California Faculty Association,      Assemblywomen Patty Berg, Senator Patricia Wiggins, HSU     Academic Senate, CSU Academic Senate, CSU Chancellor Charles B.                    Reed, CSU Associated Students, CSU Budget Advisory Committee,      and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Authored by: Amrit Dhadli

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Tyler Smith, Representative                         Lladira Baez, Representative

College of Natural Resources and Sciences         College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Alan Chesbro                                       Crystal Chaney

Legislative Vice President                           Associated Students President