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Student Affairs Committee, Kenyon Bonner talks about student tuition changes, new campus recreation and wellness center

To Kenyon Bonner, the Vice Provost of student affairs“transparency” on costs is important not only in the management of the University, but also in the construction of the new recreation and wellness center on campus.

“We have received a lot of positive support from our students regarding the cost and the actual installation. They were engaged throughout the process,” Bonner said. “And so we’ve been very clear and honest and transparent about the cost of the building, what’s in the building and how we’re going to pay for it.”

The board of directorsStudent Affairs Committee held a public meeting Friday to discuss increases to some tuition fees, as well as the implementation of a new campus recreation and wellness center facility fee. The fee increases discussed included the student welfare fee for the Pittsburgh campus, the student health costs for the Greensburg campus and the student leisure costs for the Johnstown campus. The committee also discussed the elimination of student health costs on the Titusville campus. Bonner then answered questions from the media.

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The first resolution dealt with two student welfare fee increases for the Pittsburgh campus. The first fee increase takes effect next fall semester. The second increase will take effect in the fall of 2023 and is intended to help support programming at the new recreation and wellness center. The two fee increases include an additional $50 per year for full-time students and $25 per year for part-time students.

According to the resolution, the first fee increase is intended to meet the “growing demand” for student mental health resources and to invest in current services, such as medical services, care support services, counselling, care psychiatry, health education and recreation.

The resolution was adopted with one abstention.

Bonner said the fall 2023 fee increase is to hire more staff for the new wellness center.

“The two fee increases help support the hiring of new staff in preparation for the new center. And so we can’t wait for the summer to hire those people,” Bonner said. “We’re hiring about 14 new professional employees, so we’ll start hiring a good portion of those employees this year, and then the next cohort of employees the following year.”

The second resolution discussed facility fees for the new campus recreation and wellness center, which is expected to be completed in the 2024-25 academic year. According to the resolution, the fees have “the sole purpose of financing the annual debt service” for the construction of the facility. Students will not see the facility fee amount charged on their tuition fees until 2025, or when the Leisure and Wellness Center opens.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

Bonner said it was important to “separate” the new facility fee from the current student welfare fee to avoid confusion and create transparency for students, families and the Department of Health. debt. He said the new fees are needed to support a new installation.

“Currently, our current budget model does not and would not support the new facility, debt service, or increased staffing and operating costs to support a 207,000 square foot facility,” Bonner said. . “So it was necessary to go to the committee and get approval to increase the fees and create new fees.”

The third resolution discussed an increase in student health costs at Pitt’s Greensburg campus. According to the resolution, the costs of running the health center “continue to rise” and the health center is “vital to the community”. The increase will cover the cost of a medical records software system, supplies and equipment, an on-campus physician and counseling center. The resolution says fees will increase from $30 per term to $40 per term for full-time students.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

The fourth resolution dealt with increased student recreation fees at Pitt’s campus in Johnstown, which has not increased since the fall of 2020. According to the resolution, the costs of running the wellness center “continue to increase”. The resolution said that planned eSports program also requires funding. The resolution says the fee, which is currently $76, will increase to $90 per term for full-time students.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

Bonner said the fee increases do not apply to part-time students in Greensburg or Johnstown due to the low part-time student population.

“The recommendations from these campuses that went through their student governments…did not include a fee increase for part-time students, and that’s typical for these campuses,” Bonner said. “They have a small percentage of part-time students, and historically they haven’t charged that fee.”

The final resolution discussed the elimination of student health fees for the Titusville branch campus. The elimination comes after Titusville transitioned to a non-residential campus and student services closed on August 3, 2020. According to the resolution, the current $50 fee will be eliminated due to lack of on-site services and lack of demand for telehealth and teleconsultation services.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

The annual board of directors Meet will take place on June 24 at 11:45 a.m. at the William Pitt Union.