Barnard’s Dean Hinkson addresses concerns about tuition policy
Tonight’s SGA council meeting focused on the new enrollment policy. Dean Hinkson stopped by to answer questions and to hear student feedback on the controversial policy changes:
- Hinkson explained that the expectation of the college as outlined in the catalog is that students spend four full years on their undergraduate studies. Students can ask for approval to be considered part-time, and in the recent past, these approvals have been given pretty freely.
- The main critique of the policy was that it is not in keeping with Dean’s promise for community because it would cause students to graduate early. Hinkson commented on receiving messages that the tone of the new policy was seen as “breezy,” and clarified that this was not her intention. As to the opinion that the tone of the policy was felt to be demeaning by students who choose to graduate early Hinkson responded, “By no means did I mean to say anything negative about students graduating early.”
- When asked why the policy was released after final programming Hinkson acknowledged the timing issue and attributed the lateness to delays in research and discussion.
- Hinkson said she was aware of a petition with over 500 signatures started by Thea Briggs, BC ’13.
- The policy does not apply to current seniors.
- A Protest against the new policy will take place on Thursday in front of Lehman.
- Applications to fill the newly vacant VP of Financing position are now open and due October 28th at 5 p.m. Those interested can find the application on the SGA website.
(Update: The SGA website has moved.)
Final thoughts: “To whatever extent that people thought the message was offensive, that is important feedback to me and it deserves an apology.” – Dean Hinkson
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