Must Watch: Columbia College Chicago ‘State Of The College’ Address W/ Dr. Carter
We are now in a day and age where students are beginning to question not only the price of their tuition, but how their tuition dollars are being spent. During a recent meeting with the very rarely seen President Dr. Warrick Carter, Columbia College Chicago students get into somewhat a heated discussion about his salary, and how the school’s handling their expenses. Check out 1:11 where President Carter tells a student to shut up. Not a good first impression for many students who have rarely seen the face of Dr. Warrick Carter. Here’s a little insight of how this all came about below:
At a State of the College Address on Wednesday March 21st, the student body had an opportunity to ask President Carter questions about the upcoming tuition hikes and prioritization. The students realized that President Carter had no intention of listening to the student body.
Some points about tonight:
1. As low as the turn out has been at some Occupy Columbia events, we can still draw a bigger crowd than the president and the SGA can.
2. President Carter apparently never saw, or was completely unmoved by, the 1500 signatures students signed out of concern about tuition and prioritization. When asked about the petition today, he refused to give a response.
3. Despite being reminded about the petition, the Town Halls, the rallies, the serious concerns voiced by faculty and staff…Carter says prioritization will continue, and maintains that it is both transparent and inclusive of all who will be impacted.
4. Carter refused to answer many questions about programs being impacted by prioritization because the process is in the ‘recommendation’ phase. How can he claim that students have a voice in this process if they don’t get to speak until the final decisions are made?
5. The SGA is putting together a student prioritization recommendation document, but Carter refused to address the fact that students do not have access to the full budget, and therefore cannot make educated recommendations.
6. Carter promised to take student recommendations into consideration, but if he looks at those the way he looked at our petition, we probably can’t expect much.