Students have been working with UW-Eau Claire administration from the beginning to make the Blugold Commitment proposal stronger. An important component of the Blugold Commitment is the shared oversight that students and administration will have to assure that student goals are met. The new process for differential tuition involves students as never before.
As the diagram illustrates, the Student Senate will annually set criteria for the kinds of experiences and enhancements students want. The Student Senate will set approximate funding levels for six categories of Blugold Commitment initiatives:
- Undergraduate research
- Experiential learning and internships
- International and domestic intercultural immersion experiences
- Learning and teaching enhancements
- Innovative projects
- Incubator for new ideas
Proposals may include requests for faculty and staff positions in addition to faculty, staff and student stipends, and travel and supplies. Proposals from across campus will be reviewed first by deans and vice chancellors and then by committees of students, faculty and staff — three students and two faculty/staff. The recommended proposals will then go to an Executive Committee comprised of equal numbers of students and administrators who will review the recommendations and determine how best to fund them. The Student Senate will receive the final recommendations and pass a resolution of support. After final approval by the chancellor, the funded initiatives will then be implemented by departments and units.
Annually the Student Senate will hold hearings to receive reports on the financial assistance grants and scholarship funding and on how well the funded initiatives are fulfilling their promised outcomes. As a result of these hearings, the Executive Committee may choose to flag initiatives that are not performing well. The committee will determine a timeline for change.