UCR is growing tremendously. In 2001, the undergraduate student population was 14,500 and by 2010 UCR will grow to 21,000 students. ASUCR, the undergraduate student government and funding resource for student organizations, recognizes this growth and the increased demand for additional funding for student organizations and events.
With the current budget, ASUCR will not be able to meet this demand and to administer its services to students in the near future. The current ASUCR fee, which each undergraduate student pays, is $12.50 and has not been increased since 1985 when the student population was only 3,000 students. In order to ensure that ASUCR continues its commitment to provide essential services and adequate funding for student organizations, ASUCR is proposing a $1.00 fee increase to the $12.50 ASUCR Membership Fee each year until 2015, when it will reach $20.50.
Distribution of Increased Fees:
The $12.50 ASUCR fee is already distributed to ASUCR services and operations. This section will describe the distribution of the additional funds ASUCR will receive if the students pass the $1.00 yearly increase to the ASUCR membership fee. Seventy five cents of the ASUCR fee increase will go directly to ASUCR services and operations and the other twenty five cents will go towards “Return To Aid,” which is mandated by the University of California Office of the President Policy on Campus-Based Fees. (http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/coordrev/ucpolicies/aos/uc80.html)
Seventy five cents of the ASUCR fee increase will be distributed into 3 parts:
1. Twenty five cents will go towards Club Funding.
Justification: Clubs and organizations serve a critical function on campus for both cultural as well as educational diversity. With the amount of student clubs on campus increasing every year, the amount of money requested has increased as well. With a depleting reserve fund, ASUCR is unable to adequately fund many clubs on campus. This referendum will more than double the amount of money that can be allocated to student clubs and organizations.
2. Twenty five cents will go towards Student Initiated Outreach.
Justification: This increase will allow student organizations to do outreach programs for the K-12 schools in the community, which will foster academic growth of K-12. In effect these programs will encourage students to apply and attend UCR. With state budget cuts, the amount of money given to the University for Student Initiated Outreach has been drastically cut. This will ensure that UCR organizations who implement Student Initiated Outreach Programs will be able to continue their programs despite budget shortages in the future.
3. Twenty five cents per student will go into ASUCR operations.
Justification: With the population of Students on the rise at UCR, ASUCR will need to expand in order to meet the needs and demands of the students. This expansion includes, but is not limited to: student representation and advocacy, updated student amenities, student events, programs and activities, and services in general. None of the twenty five cents allocated to ASUCR operations will go towards increasing ASUCR Senator, Officer, and Intern stipends.
This bill will take effect in Summer 2007, with a majority vote of at least 20% of the UCR undergraduate student population in the 2007 ASUCR Elections.