Student Fee Information
Proposed Increase in Undergraduate Advising Fee
Q: How much is the fee increase?
A: $2.50 / SCH. For a 12 credit hour semester, that equals $30.00.
Q: What will the increase in the fee be used for?
A: The current Undergraduate Advising Fee is being used to address the Academic Advising needs for the Galveston campus and develop an Academic Advising Program. The increase requested will allow us to implement the Academic Advising Program and perform assessments to ensure that students get accurate and timely curriculum advising.
Q: Is the Undergraduate Advising Fee increase due to the fact that there is no increase in tuition?
A: No, all advising revenue is generated through student fees not tuition.
Q: What will advisors be doing when they are not having one-on-one meetings with students?
A: Advisors will provide a suite of on-line and print tools that will help students develop an educational plan consistent with requirements for Core Curriculum, Degree Plans, the Math Placement Exam, Texas Success Initiative, Transfer Credit and course prerequisites, to name just a few.
Q: Will there be Academic Advisors for each major at TAMUG?
A: Academic Departments will have Advisors who are experts in degree plans housed within each Department.
Q: What will happen if the fee is not approved?
A: Students have long yearned to have Academic Advisors in each major who are familiar with the specifics of the degree plan, such as course sequencing and getting the appropriate credit for courses taken in high school or at another academic institution. This fee will allow us to develop this Advising Program, the extent to which is unlikely to occur without the fee increase that has been proposed.
Proposed Increase in Student Computer Use Fee
How much is the fee increase?
A: $1.00 / SCH.
Q: What will the increased revenue be used for?
A: Additional WiFi coverage on campus inside and outside. Increase density of WiFi coverage in areas of high use.
Additionally the increased revenue will be used to fund the Student Information System (COMPASS) support position that has been unfunded after a loss of $1.00/SCH when the implementation phase of the project ended. The project is still ongoing and support is still required.
The increased cost of the TAMUG disaster recover site as well as the Cascade web site content management system will be supported by the increased fee.
Q: What will happen if the fee is not approved?
A: WiFi performance will be less than optimal in most areas of the University.
The Student Information System (COMPASS) will not get the proper support it requires which can affect future growth of the University.
Information Systems operations could be affected in the future if we cannot fund the disaster recovery site adequately for business continuity.
This fee increase will not cover all areas of increased demand, but with future growth of the University we anticipate not having to ask for another increase for at least 2 years.
Proposed Increase in Vessel Use Fee
Q: Why do we need to go out on vessel trips?
A: We are a specialized marine university where every degree field is connected in some way or another to the water. The administration of this university strongly feels that it is imperative in order to receive the well rounded, experiential learning that is required of the workforce of tomorrow, that we give our students hands on experience working, learning, and exploring the environment that they study in the career path they have chosen. This hands on experience leads to leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills that a standard land-based classroom cannot provide.
Q: While the quantity of student vessel trips are increasing, we are concerned with the quality of the academic experience. What is being done to correct this?
A: Three years ago when this program was envisioned, the first step was to break the current mold of academic teachings and get faculty and students accustomed to going out on the water. We have accomplished this step and will continue to improve on it. Step two was to facilitate faculty in designing the trips so that not only are they fun but also provide an academically relevant experience. Our primary focus is on improving the academic quality of the vessel trips. We will do so by discussing with the faculty in charge of the vessel trip as well as students on how we can best improve instructional enhancement.
Q: Can we outsource to a private company to provide vessel trips?
A: No. In years past when outside vendors were used to provide harbor tours, our students were combined with other paying passengers and forced to go on tours based on the companies preexisting schedule. Some of these tours were located some distance from campus requiring additional expenses in transportation, lodging, and time to the students and faculty. Waterfront Operations provides waterborne academic, research, training, and recreation platforms customized to fit the students and faculties schedules and needs. No private enterprise can affordably provide the level of customized service to our students that is required. No private enterprise will allow exclusive student access to train on their vessels and “learn the ropes.” Waterfront Operations currently provides these services at cost to the students. A private, for profit enterprise, will include a profit margin, drastically increasing costs to the student. These private enterprises are more concerned in making a profit and not in providing you with a safe, educational experience.