The Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) held its second meeting of the year addressing issues facing students of all backgrounds at Boise State.
President Ryan Gregg conducted the meeting, responding to topics brought forth by the various ASBSU members including, voting issues for students, grant proposals and the funding equality between Boise State and other institutes of higher learning
Members also discussed plans to fill the student section at all home football games. One plan suggests giving away Bronco-themed sunglasses to students who obtain student tickets to home games, an effort intended to create a livelier, more photogenic and more united student section.
Gregg and other members also addressed plans to meet with the Dean of Students to brainstorm ideas that will help ASBSU cater to students needs more effectively.
ASBSU plans to help students turn out for the upcoming presidential election in November. In the past, students who claim residency out of state have faced issues of loss of financial aid or residency due to lack of awareness about voting procedures and mandates.
ASBSU members hope to provide absentee ballots to students claiming residence in other states, ensuring all students who want to vote can do so without negative
When asked what the largest obstacle is facing ASBSU this year, Gregg said, “I think that the biggest issue we are facing this year is the same thing we have been facing since 2006, which is inequitable funding.”
Each fiscal year, the state decides how funding is divided between the four state-funded higher education institutions in the state. The University of Idaho receives the most state funding per full-time equivalent (FTE), for various reasons including higher graduation rates, and for every dollar the University of Idaho receives, Boise State receives 67 cents.
This inequality is being disputed by those representing Boise State with one of the contentions being the way graduation rates are measured by the state. Graduation is recorded by the state if the individual enrolls in one of the four state-funded universities immediatly after completing high school. Students must then finish a bachelors’ degree in four consecutive years to be counted as a graduate.
This method of fiscal accountability leaves out those who take breaks in the education process or who completed general education credits at one of the state’s junior colleges.
Even if an individual obtains a degree from Boise State, unless the student finishes in four consecutive years and attends only Boise State, the graduate is not counted in the figures Idaho’s fiscal planners reference yearly, Gregg said.
ASBSU hopes to hire a public relations professional who can showcase the impressive list of athletic and academic accolades residents of Idaho and the greater Boise area would appreciate and rally behind bringing more attention to the funding inequality between state-funded centers for higher education.
If students are interested in getting involved in campus oversight, ASBSU will hold its first assembly meeting on Sept. 11 at a soon to be announced location on campus. For further information, students can visit the ASBSU Web site or follow the assembly on Twitter at #ASBSU.