A Conversation With Dean Elliott About the Academic Excellence Fee
by Lemuel Morrison, MBA 2012
Dean Elliott met with me on August 22nd to discuss the recently announced Academic Excellence Fee (AEF). The issue is very contentious and caught graduate students uninformed and ill-prepared for the fall semester. The Dean answered frank questions and offered an explanation for the timing of the AEF along with some of the reasoning. Watch the video prepared by the Baruch College Technical Center to gain a better understanding of the AEF and form your own opinion.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Holly Blondin, MBA 2011, made many comments on the GSA FB page and ended with “What now?, What are the Next Steps?” We owe it to ourselves and to the institution to stay on top of this issue and influence how funds will be used. Here are steps to take:
- Voice your opinion and make it public. Comment here on the Graduate Baruchian or on the GSA FB page. It’s important that you say something. Silence is acquiescence. Send your comments in confidence to me, or to anyone on the GSA;
- Think how you want the AEF used. This is a lot of money. Decide what’s important to you: career counseling, academic guidance, etc;
- Attend the discussions that the Dean has promised to conduct over the next semester; and
- Stay informed. Subscribe to the Graduate Baruchian and watch for GSA newsletters. You have our commitment to follow the issue. We need your input to provide the pressure.
In closing, no one is happy about rising costs or the way it was delivered. Voice your displeasure and turn this situation into an opportunity to improve the institution; thereby advancing your experience here and your earning potential in the long run.
We want to here from you.