NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers students, faculty, and staff together in a coalition called “Rutgers One” will confront the University’s Board of Governors that sets the school’s tuition this Thursday, July 14 at Winant’s Hall, calling for a freeze on tuition and an end to the freeze on faculty and staff wages. After Chris Christies cut $55 million from the higher education budget, this meeting will be full of implications for the Rutgers student body.
After faculty were barred from last year’s budget meeting and a wall was built to stop students from talking to the board last month, students, faculty, and staff will try to express the impact of a higher tuition at the upcoming meeting which will cover the University’s budget and set tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 school year.
The coalition believes their interests are not being represented or respected by the Rutgers administration and are fighting against the University’s misguided priorities. Following a 600 person “Walk into Action” and 36 hour sit-in by students administrators are still not responsive to student needs and now the Rutgers One coalition is calling for a freeze on tuition and an end to the freeze on faculty and staff wages. According to USA Today, $27 million of student money has gone to the football team but the faculty and staff have not received their contractually agree upon raises and tuition continues to rise.
A rally is also planned for noon outside of Winant’s Hall on the same day.