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University to absorb $106,000 of Career Center Budget

In a memo sent out by the ASUO executive Friday, President Jared Axelrod announced the following:

“It is the opinion of the Executive that the Career Center serves a purpose that greatly advances the mission of the University of Oregon, and as such, should be funded to reflect this level of service and purpose. The Career Center currently has 47% of their operating budget on the incidental fee – a significant amount that results in costing students over $450,000 a year for vital student services. The executive has been in talks with the University administration to have the University absorb a portion of this amount. These efforts have been successful, and the University has graciously agreed to absorb $106,000 of the Career Center budget for the 2008 fiscal year into the University general fund.”

While this move will only save students $2 per term, it is definitely a step in the right direction. Jared has been quiet most of this year, but this memo was well worth the wait as this move will lead to the Career Center budget slowly phasing into the general fund each year, steadily shaving down the incidental fee.

The OC would like to congratulate Jared on his accomplishment, as the University desperately requires changes to its budget process in order to decrease the incidental fee. As well, we would hope that whomever takes the helm after this election cycle will continue the trend of fiscal responsibility, as change can be made if we make our voices heard.

  1. Niedermeyer says:

    I have to agree about the Career Fair. I had a career with Target before I came to college, thank you… in fact Target is the reason I decided to go to college. Going to that damn fair is more depressing than reading the Help Wanted in the Register Guard. The Career Center has some good resources though…

  2. Jacque says:

    Wonderful effort to move programs off of the incidental fee that really should not be there! Nice work… now about that Marching Band… 😛

  3. Timothy says:

    UO Career Center: Providing the vital service of inviting Enterprise Rent-A-Car to their useless Career Fair every year.

    Career Center: Because you spent four years in college to rent cars for a living.

  4. T says:

    The Academy Awards are on Sunday, Jared.

  5. Jared says:

    I gotta give credit where credit is due. This was a collaborative effort, and there were other names on that memo, including Juliana and Madeline. They helped out in this as well, as well as some other people. They know who they are, so thank you.

  6. Nick says:

    Hell yeah! This was something that everybody talked about last election season. Several budgets were too large for the incidental fee to sustain. I’m glad to hear the student government is finally making some waves that benefit students (beyond the Ward Churchill and Mike Adams speeches, that is.)

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