KU in the Capitol: Tuition enhancements boost student hourly
At a Nov. 14 news conference, Senior
Vice Provost Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett explained how
KU would use tuition dollars to improve hourly wages,
advising, career counseling and other services for students.
Renovated classrooms, better student hourly wages,
tuition waivers for graduate assistants and additional funding
for advising and career services are the latest round of improvements
that will benefit students thanks to the $8.6 million in revenue
generated from the tuition increase that took effect this
Among the projects of the tuition enhancement initiative
$150,000 to raise student hourly wages
The starting wage for student hourly workers at KU will increase
to $6 per hour beginning in spring 2003. The federal minimum
wage is $5.15 per hour.
Student workers on campus currently making between $6 and
$10 per hour can expect a raise of about 50 cents per hour.
$116,000 for additional staff at the Freshman-Sophomore
The center will be able to add three full-time advisers,
a secretary and computers. The additions would help lower
the center's student-to-adviser ratio and allow advisers to
spend more time with sophomores during the critical transition
of choosing a major and applying to a professional school.
Wendy M. Rohleder, pre-law academic
adviser in the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center, counsels
C'Nea Hatches, a sophomore in communications from Valparaiso,
Ind. PHOTO BY R. Steve Dick/University Relations
$185,600 to bring Career Services to all students
This allocation will allow Career Counseling and Planning
Services and University Career and Employment Services to
work alongside each other in the Burge Union.
Part of the funding will be used to relocate Legal Services
for Students to an office on the third floor of the Burge
Union. Career Counseling and Planning Services will move into
the Legal Services vacancy. The money also will add computers
and furnishings to Career Counseling and Planning Services.
Next year, the office will hire two additional career counselors.
$500,000 for classroom improvements
Perhaps the most recognizable classroom improvements to result
from the tuition enhancements are the renovations of the two
auditoria in Wescoe Hall, which recently underwent $157,000
worth of renovations, including installing media equipment
and new carpeting as well as painting the walls and reupholstering
KU administrators are working with faculty to develop a list
of additional classroom improvements. Renovations will continue
during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks.
$750,000 for tuition waivers for graduate assistants
For the first time in school history, a tuition assistance
program for about 300 graduate research assistants, or GRAs,
will be offered beginning in the spring 2003 semester.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger said
the tuition assistance program would benefit both graduate
researchers and the university.
"Faculty cannot carry out large-scale research projects
without having research assistants. It works both ways,"
Shulenburger said. "You can't really educate doctoral
students fully unless they can be involved in these large-scale
projects - so there is definitely a synergy involved."
Of the more than 600 GRAs enrolled at KU, many have their
tuition costs covered through the grants that employ them.
Several agencies, however, stipulate that their grants not
include tuition costs for graduate researchers. Officials
at the KU Center for Research estimate that the new tuition
assistance program will help about 300 GRAs whose tuition
is not covered by the grants that employ them. Furthermore,
the program will set aside funds to aid about 30 incoming