University of Missouri

47-14: A Recommendation to Increase the Student Counseling Center Fee by its Requested $2.00

Purpose: A Recommendation in Favor of Student Counseling Center Budget for 2008-09

Whereas, MU Counseling Center promotes the growth of individuals in the MU community by fostering personal, intellectual, and psychological well-being.

Whereas, MU Counseling Center department is asking for an additional $2.00 for the Counseling Center in order to increase programming efforts for the MU Community.

Whereas, MU Counseling Center is currently operating with seven counselors, and needs 16.5 to meet current national average among university and college counseling centers.

Whereas, MU Counseling Center will use the increase in student fee allocations to hire and maintain 10 FTE counsels to meet the demands of the MU community, which are currently not be met because of the limited staff members.

Whereas, MU Counseling Center needs to conduct a market adjustment of current licensed psychologist’s salaries and raise salaries so they better approximate national averages of licensed psychologists in comparable counseling centers in other large, state universities

Whereas, The additional student fee increase will help assist in the visibility of the Counseling Center on campus so students know who they are and the specialized, professional services we offer.

Whereas, The additional student fee increase will be use to develop programs and marketing to reach populations who historically are underutilize by the counseling services (i.e., men, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, etc.).

Whereas, The additional student fee increase will be use to develop and present workshops and programs designed to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Whereas, The additional student free increase will provide continuing education/training for Counseling Center licensed psychologists to keep them on the cutting edge of mental health related issues

Therefore, the Student Fee Review Committee recommends the Counseling Center to work on obtaining grant funding for their expenses for working towards the IACS Certification.

Therefore the Student Fee Review Committee recommends the Counseling Center to consider hiring graduate students to assist in the grant writing, whereby they must provide annual updates on the status of their grants.

Therefore, the Student Fee Review Committee recommends that the Counseling Center, Student Health Center, and Wellness Center clarify roles and collaborate among the groups to make sure they are meeting the needs of the students and reduce the duplications among the two, such as alcohol counseling.

Therefore, the Student Fee Review Committee recommends the projected student fee increase of $2.00 to be added to the current fee of $5.00, thereby bringing the total student fee with the inflation rate to $7.22 for the MU Counseling Center.

Respectfully Submitted,

The Student Fee Review Committee

Marjorie Matzes-Thies Eva Sutton Seth Botts

SFRC Chairwoman SFRC Vice Chairwoman SFRC Committee Member