Students speak out on education budget cuts through new website

SF State students are making their voices heard about funding cuts to public higher education via the University's new Student Voices website.

photos of six students who have contributed to the Student Voices website photos of six students who have contributed to the Student Voices website photos of six students who have contributed to the Student Voices website photos of six students who have contributed to the Student Voices website photos of six students who have contributed to the Student Voices website photos of six students who have contributed to the Student Voices website

A selection of the students who have contributed to the Student Voices website

To date, more than 200 students have shared how increased tuition fees and higher education budget cuts are affecting them. Student testimonials are published on the website and will also be shared with elected officials, helping decision-makers become more aware of the real-life impact of budget cuts on students and their families.

"The hope is that when legislators read about students' experiences, they'll be more sensitive to the needs of the CSU and will realize that students and their families can't absorb higher fees," said Shawn Whalen, deputy chief of staff to President Robert A. Corrigan.

The Student Voices website evolved out of a request that President Corrigan made in an e-mail to all students last December, when he asked students to provide perspectives that could be shared with the California Legislature.

"We were surprised by the number of responses, and it was clear that students were eager to take their message to the state Legislature," Whalen said. "Through the website, we want to share the stories more broadly and ask more students to add their voices to the mix."

The state budget will be finalized next June for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Whalen says that President Corrigan regularly meets with elected officials, both locally and at the state Capitol, and will be taking hard copies of student stories to give to legislators in an effort to generate support for higher education.

Visit the Student Voices website and add your voice at: http://www.sfsu.edu/voices/

 

-- Elaine Bible