Should a Computer Science major pay more for his education than an English major? Should an Engineer pay more than a Philosophy student? It could happen. Several University Administrations are calling for what are known as Differential Fees. This is where students in some programmes pay higher tuition than those in other programmes.
There are two main arguments used to support this type of request:
At first, you might say ``Sure. That sounds fair.''. But is it? Is it fair to base your tuition on money you might make in the future? If your tuition was $6000 next term, would you be able to afford it? What if student loans were changed so that you could borrow that money? Would you want to take on that kind of debt-load? How would you implement such a system? Would it be on a per faculty basis? But doesn't Pure Math cost less to provide than CS? So what about a per programme basis? But what about those Engineering electives you might take instead of the Arts ones? Which programmes would be involved? All or some? So maybe on a per course basis? There are a lot of questions here that need to be answered, and I know I don't have all the answers.
So now that I have your interest (I hope), the reason that I'm bringing this to your attention is that on Sunday, Students' Council will be voting upon whether or not we support Differential Fees. Basically Council will be supporting one of the three following motions:
Keep in mind that regardless of how we vote on Sunday, it will not be the last word on this issue. However, it is important that the Federation of Students takes a stand on this issue, so that it may best represent you when talking with both the administration and with the government.
This is a very important issue, and you need to let us know what you think, so that we can truly be your representatives and represent your views. Below are listed the names and e-mail addresses of all the Math Councillors. Please let us know what you think before the Sunday Council meeting, which is at noon in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Life Centre.
|Your Feds Reps:|
|Chris Buchanan||Math Regularemail@example.com
||Andre Cousineau ||Math Regular ||firstname.lastname@example.org
||Xavier Aburto ||Math Co-op ||email@example.com
||Etienne Phaneuf ||Math Co-op ||firstname.lastname@example.org
||Robin Stewart ||Math Co-op ||email@example.com
||Mark Thornton ||Math Co-op ||firstname.lastname@example.org
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