Stop the Misuse of the MBA Pro Fee at CSU East Bay! sign now

In the summer of 2009, the state of California increased state university tuition twice. In addition to this increase, the CSU Board of Trustees implemented a third increase specific to MBA programs known as the "MBA Professional Fee". The fee increase was $140 per quarter unit, or $560 on average per class which could equal $4080 for the year for a student taking two classes per quarter. For CSU East Bay, these fees generated somewhere between $700K - $1M for the 2009-2010 academic year. This money was to be allocated as follows:

1. Financial aid refund "grants" for MBA students eligible for aid
2. Reinvestment back into the business school

Source: http://www.calstate.edu/PA/News/2009/fee-increase-2009.shtml

There has been rampant speculation from many sources that the money has been misappropriated and used outside of these guidelines. Attempts to reach the University President Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi or the Dean of the College of Business and Economics Dr. Teri Schwartz have resulted in vague explanations. These leaders have stated that the money was pre-spent in 2007 when the CBE hired eleven new faculty members to save the business school's accreditation. The concern is that the President and Dean are hiding specifics for a reason: they have used fee revenue for purposes outside of the executive order of the Cal State Board of Trustees. Despite requests, there has been no clear disclosure of the year-to-year budget over the last three years in order to compare the business school budget drop with the other colleges on campus. There may have been deeper cuts to the CBE budget than other schools, which may have been used as a cover to hide the misappropriating of the MBA Professional Fee revenue. The executive order clearly states that the money is to stay within the CBE.

Source: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1042.html

There have been serious ramifications of this 'Pro Fee" disaster. First and foremost: there is no trust within the University and local community of the leadership at CSU East Bay. Despite the budget crisis, the community still expects full disclosure and ethical behavior with these serious matters, just as our professors preach in class. Instead of ethics, the leadership has practiced silence while courses have been cut and fees have gone up. Students have been forced to drop their electives or increase their workload for fear of future cuts. In addition, the handling of the "Pro Fee" financial aid was delayed. In some cases aid was delayed almost two quarters after the fees were assessed, forcing some students to drop out of the program as they could not afford their tuition while forcing others to take excessive unsubsidized loans in anticipation of their grants. A University that was once known for its business program is now so mishandled, that a group of professor's have started a self-sustained MBA program to avoid the possibility of the University or the State of California taking away its funds. All of these issues can be traced back to the mishandling of the MBA Professional Fee.

We the co-signers of this petition are fed up! We ask that the California Board of Trustees enforce their executive order immediately. At a minimum, we expect full disclosure from CSU East Bay regarding their handling of the matter. We can tolerate desperate action by academic leaders in the face of the worst budget crisis in history, but only if it is fully disclosed up front. We cannot and will not tolerate misappropriating money behind our backs.

This petition will be forwarded to the California Board of Trustees, CSUEB leaders, CSUEB faculty, and local media.

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