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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published December 11 2010

NDSU drops business college fees

A proposal to charge North Dakota State University business students a new fee is “off the table” after students voiced their opposition, President Dean Bresciani said Friday.

Leaders of the College of Business met with students Thursday afternoon to discuss a proposed $50-per-credit fee, which would cost full-time business students a maximum of $600 per semester.

Dean Ron Johnson said the open forum hosted by the college was the first step before bringing the proposal to the president.

Bresciani called Johnson Friday about the student concerns, and Johnson said he was planning to withdraw the proposal.

Most students at the open forum said they would support some type of program fee but that the amount proposed was too high and the proposal wouldn’t address their needs.

Nick Graves, a junior accounting major, called it “fantastic news” that the fee is not going forward. Students had collected 300 signatures on a petition and were planning to bring it to the president, he said.

“It seemed to me like the vast majority of people were highly against it,” Graves said.

NDSU’s College of Business is underfunded compared to its peers, Johnson said during the open forum. The fee would have paid for initiatives in entrepreneurship and leadership, provided money to hire an instructional technologist and another academic adviser and added other initiatives that benefit students.

Johnson said many business colleges charge program fees or differential tuition, and NDSU officials may revisit the idea in the future.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590