PURPOSE: To provide a plan for reducing the ASUM student fee while expanding the flexibility of the ASUM Columbia branch and accountability of the ASUM central budget.
WHEREAS, MSA founded the Associated Students of the University of Missouri in 1975 to advocate for student interests and educate students on the importance of involvement in government, and
WHEREAS, the original ASUM student fee was collected proportionally by student population to reflect proportional seat distribution on the ASUM Board of Directors, and
WHEREAS, in 2005 MSA, ASUM, and the Department of Student Life began a multi-year effort to balance ASUM Executive Board representation across all UM campuses, and
WHEREAS, in 2006 ASUM completed an organizational restructuring which reduced the number of support staff and cut Columbia’s seat allocation to that of the other three University of Missouri campuses, and
WHEREAS, the Student Fee Review Committee conducted an audit of the ASUM central budget from November 5 to January 22, and
WHEREAS, ASUM’s financial structure must be adjusted to match its new organizational structure, and
WHEREAS, securing balanced funding across all four University of Missouri campuses must correspond with ASUM’s core financial needs, and
WHEREAS, this correspondence be achieved by reducing Columbia’s contribution to central budget while increasing its campus budget by less than the reduction to central budget, resulting in an overall reduction of the ASUM fee, and
WHEREAS, in FY08 University of Missouri—Columbia students allocated $30,000 to the ASUM central budget, and
WHEREAS, ASUM’s FY09 budget proposal is based on a central budget allocation of $8,000, and
WHEREAS, the $8,000 allocation to the ASUM central budget includes a stipend and travel for the ASUM Graduate Advisor as well as fall training and the ASUM prospectus, and
WHEREAS, the FY09 ASUM Columbia campus budget will include $13,000 in Columbia internship program expenses previously housed in the central budget, and
WHEREAS, the FY09 ASUM student fee recommendation is based on the expectation that the Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis campuses will fund their own internship programs and not continue to rely on Columbia student fees, and
WHEREAS, Whereas, on January 24 Vice Chancellor Cathy Scroggs expressed support for this process as part of continued negotiations with administrators in Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis to create a FY09 central budget with balanced contributions from all four campuses.
THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Missouri Students Association Senate that the ASUM student fee be reduced from $1.36 to $1.28, and
THEREFORE, be it further resolved that a maximum of $8,000 be reallocated from ASUM’s Columbia campus budget to the central ASUM budget for FY09, and
THEREFORE, be it further resolved that the Student Fee Review Committee conduct a full audit of the ASUM campus and central budgets during the FY10 fee review process.
Jonathan Mays Clint Birdsong Traci Harr
MSA Senate Speaker ASUM Executive Board ASUM Executive Board
Craig Stevenson Jim Kelley Chelsea Johnson
ASUM Legislative Director MSA President MSA Vice President
Danielle Bellis Seth Botts Marjorie Matzes-Thies
MSA Budget Committee MSA Budget Committee Student Fee Review Committee Chair