Student government presidents across the state adopted a resolution calling for action concerning recent budget proposals by the Tennessee Board of Regents.Tech SGA President David Horton met with the other student government leaders at the Jan. 30 meeting to discuss TBR’s decision to increase tuition for fall semester.
The resolution was created and sent to members of the Tennessee Senate Education Committee and members of the Tennessee House of Representatives Education Committee.
“We think we’re going to get (the tuition cap removal) receded,” Horton said, “SGA has a big voice with the TBR.”
The SGA office has received several emails from concerned students. Student representatives said they are making substantial efforts, along with other TBR schools, to thwart TBR’s abrupt decision.
The University of Tennessee has decided to look into the issue further and possibly keep tuition caps at the traditional place, a stance that could potentially make UT a more economically feasible school for students with financial restraints.
SGA is looking into the possibility of having a guest speaker to address the concerns of students. Gionni Carr, TBR student regent, is a possibility. Carr is the voice of students with TBR and an extremely important asset.
TBR continues to search for ways to cope with economic strain. Some ways include the following: changing to a four day week, promoting online classes, using more adjunct professors, and increased class sizes.
Grayson Peek, SGA vice president said of SGA’s efforts, “we’ve hit the ground running this semester.”
If students have concerns they would like addressed Peek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. SGA meets at 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays in RUC 342.