LOGAN – An article in the student newspaper at Utah State University raised concerns about a possible lack of student input and transparency into how differential tuition funds at the Huntsman School of Business are being spent. The school’s Associate Dean Dave Patel released a statement in response to the article.
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The <a href=”http://usustatesman.com/8-million-huntsman-school-differential-tuition-spent-without-input-students-pay/” target=”_blank”>article in the Utah Statesman</a> stated that the usage of the funds, which is more than $8 million annually, is supposed to be decided by an advisory board, and that the board has never met. In his letter, Patel clarified how the funds are used, explained the need for differential tuition and contended that students do have input.
Patel admitted that the advisory board has never met. He stated it was formed two years ago in order to provide recommendations as to how the funds are spent, and that it is supposed to meet annually.
“The lack of two meetings of the body was the subject of a recent article in the Utah Statesman,” Patel said in the statement. “We have scheduled a meeting for the first week of December.”
The letter states that school representatives meet continually with a student leadership group, business ambassadors, school clubs and individual students to discuss how differential tuition funds are used.
Patel said the college will do better to work with all students, staff and faculty.