The Student Services Finance Committee met on Monday to hear a proposed budget from the Greater University Tutoring Service. The committee also voted to move its meetings entirely in person.
GUTS requested a Budget 2022-23 of $313,629.82, which is $59,632.11 more than their approved budget for 2021-2022. This requested increase is primarily for an increase in staff salaries, said Academic Support Services Coordinator Elizabeth Baldridge.
GUTS hopes to raise student wages to $12 an hour, give raises to students who work more than one academic year, and add new positions to meet increased demand for tutoring services, said Baldridge.
According to GUTS Senior Coordinator Ian Pearson, the main area of decrease in this year’s budget request compared to last is in advertising, which has shifted from physical in-person marketing to greater digital delivery.
Another GUTS goal with the 2022-2023 budget is national training certification for peer tutors through the College Reading and Learning Association.
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The SSFC also voted to move future in-person meetings after starting the semester entirely remotely. This will facilitate future meetings where members hold more political discussions instead of hearings, said SSFC representative Kevin Jacobson.
Those who wish to make a public comment during a remote SSFC meeting can continue to do so by making a written statement or recording, according to SSFC Chairman Max Laubenstein.
The meeting space currently lacks the technology to provide a hybrid option for meetings that remains accessible, Laubenstein said. Committee members stressed that the wearing of high-quality masks will be strongly encouraged during in-person meetings once the mandate is lifted on March 12.
The SSFC will meet again on February 24 in the hearing room of the Student Activity Center.