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Petition against 20% UMSLCON supplemental fee increase

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The Dean of the College of Nursing has proposed a 20% increase to the supplemental nursing tuition.

If passed undergraduate students would foot a 10% increase starting 6/1/15, followed by another 10% increase on 6/1/16.
Current: 176$
proposed 6/15: $195
proposed 6/16: $215

For reference:
UMKC supplemental: 185.70
UM-Colunmbia supplemental: $70

As proposed by the Dean, this increase would be to maintain competitive faculty salary, in addition to providing new lab equipment, more simulation modules, and simulation upkeep.

Unfortunately this cost increase will not benefit us!!
1. The current clinical cohorts will graduate before money has been raised to install and maintain new simulator facilities.
2. The increase results in a total of $3000 more over the course of the clinical track.
3. One argument used for the increase was to compared our tuition to private university costs, however many of us chose to go to UMSL because of the affordable cost.
4. Even if new equipment and simulators was purchased/implemented immediately, the nights and weekends program already experiences limited lab time, so our access to additional resources could very well be limited as well!

An increase of 20% is significant and substantial, and is inconsistent with previous years 2-3% increase. It will place an unforeseen burden on the students currently in the program.

We, the undersigned, are concerned UMSL College of Nursing Students who urge Dean Susan Dean-Baar and the UM Curators to STOP BALANCING THE COLLEGE OF NURSING BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF THE STUDENTS!

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