Letter to the Editor 11-6-15

One of the best things about Murray State is its affordable education. Thus, when students learned that there would be tuition changes, some became upset. I want the student body to know that I am here to be your voice. I want to address the proposed tuition model that has been the topic of such strong criticism. I respectfully submit this note to all students who are worried about their future at Murray State and I offer my help as we move forward.

If you are worried about the proposed tuition model, you are not alone. If you are worried how the proposed tuition model will affect future Racers, you are not alone. Since the first proposal was made to the Board of Regents, I have taken great care to educate myself on the matter. I have also taken great care to be available to students who want to express their concerns to me. It is important to know that the model is not complete yet. From the very first proposal that was presented at the Board of Regent’s meeting to the most recent meeting I had with members of the administration, there have been multiple updates and changes. I assure you, though, I have represented your voice and will continue to represent your voice every step of the way.

First and foremost, I think it needs to be stated, the new tuition model will only be for incoming freshmen and those after. However, I don’t think we should take satisfaction in knowing we won’t be affected by the change. We should, and I will, continue to work with the administration to keep a student voice heard in the process and think of those who come after us. I cannot promise that you will love the final model and I cannot promise that your tuition will not go up. What I can promise is that I will work hard to insure that your voice is heard.

At every meeting I have had concerning the tuition model, I have expressed student interests. My office door, my inbox and my voicemail have been open for all thoughts and ideas – and will continue to be. I want you to express your thoughts, like the old saying goes, “it takes two to tango.” I need you to be proactive. I need you to listen and learn the issue, as the proposal is presented.

I meet with students daily to discuss concerns they have about this university. Likewise, I work hard to take those concerns and find meaningful solutions to them. It is ever so important to not only have an SGA President/Student Regent that is willing to listen, but he/she should we willing to act. I have and will continue to work hand in hand will all students that have concerns about tuition or other matters concerning our university. If you want to express your concerns to me I urge you to email me at msu.sgapresident@murraystate.edu, call me at 270.809.6883, or visit me in the office located in the Center for Student Involvement on the first floor of the Curris Center. I look forward to helping you and our peers in this and future endeavors.

Go Racers!

Letter from Clint Combs, Senior, Student Government Association President and Student Regent