Arts and Sciences proposes student fee increase


A fee increase proposal was announced by the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in an email to students today.

The $10 per-credit-hour fee proposal, if approved for next fall, would raise the Arts and Sciences fee from $16.70 to $26.70. The fee would apply to any class that falls within the College of Arts and Sciences, regardless of a student’s major.

“Our aim with this fee increase to is to retain and hire new faculty whose sole purpose is to teach-no research or advising obligations, just teaching,” Amit Chakrabarti, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said in a letter attached to the email.

Chakrabarti said in the letter that student ambassadors and senators “were generally in favor of the fee increase.”

Students included in the letter who were in favor of the fee increase were: James Houghton, junior in biochemistry and Arts and Sciences ambassador; Nick Nordstrom, sophomore in biology, Arts and Sciences Ambassador and SGA senator; Brett Sitts, senior in political science and communication studies and president of the Arts and Sciences ambassadors; Victor Valdez-Herrera, sophomore in economics, Arts and Sciences ambassador and SGA senator; and Emily Worley, junior in biology and vice president of the Arts and Sciences ambassadors.

A public forum on the proposed student fee increase will be held Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in Eisenhower Hall 15.

Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.