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UB 2020 takes advantage of the students who need reform the most
Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 21:01
Simpson and now Tripathi and Zukoski want people to come with dreams of grandeur and have a respectable, elite name on their diplomas, but currently, the University at Buffalo is a bargain, and that’s why students come.
The students who are putting up the money now for it won’t get to reap the benefits. Zukoski says it’s civic duty for your alma mater and for personal pride, but that’s nothing more than a selling point. The fact is that current students are not getting anything out of UB 2020 – not even a plan of what is to come or what their money will be going toward. All they know is their tuition will increase, and they may never get to see the reasons for the increase.
You know what would be nice? Letting students actually get the opportunity to finish their degrees without seeing tuition increases or having to scramble for money to stay another semester because of “civic duty.”
At one point in the 20th century, UB had one of the best English schools in the country; we are currently ranked 41 on U.S. News Best College Rankings for English. A decline in the quality of our education is not something that will happen – it is something that is happening, and we’re not fixing it.
On Jan. 23 and 24, there are open forums for the campus community to discuss the aspects of Realizing UB 2020 with Zukoski. We recommend – no, insist – you attend one of them to see what and for whom your tuition pays for.