Welcome to USG
The voice of more than 20,000 undergrads at The University of Akron!
Speaking for the students, we are overjoyed that our voices and concerns have been heard by the University of Akron Administration and State of Ohio Legislators. We now urge the Board of Trustees to pass Dr. Scarbrough's resolution to amend the FY16 budget by eliminating the upper level course fee. We want to also take a moment to commend and thank all of the students, staff, faculty, lawmakers, and community members that have spoken up and allowed this positive change to occur on Akron’s Campus.
Taylor Swift & Ricky Angeletti
President and Vice President - Undergraduate Student Government
Answered Town Hall 1 and 2 Questions
Below is a PDF list of all questions asked at both the Town hall 1 and 2 meeting, with their response.
An Open Letter to President Scarborough
Dear Dr. Scarborough:
As the elected governing body, it is Undergraduate Student Government’s duty to address administration on behalf of the student body. Students are dismayed by the drastic and sudden increase in financial pressure The University of Akron is applying to currently enrolled students. We feel that it is only right for us to share with you the dissatisfaction and disbelief that the 26,000 students you currently serve are feeling. An overwhelming and unprecedented number of students have reached out to USG to vocalize their dissatisfaction not only with this monumental decision, but also many other capstone decisions that have taken place in the past few months.
We understand the direction you are taking in regards to the rate per credit hour. Incentivizing potential students with a lower cost per credit hour to bring and keep them at The University of Akron makes sense, and we are pleased with the steps that have been taken to increase retention rates. It is also reasonable to make students pay later on during their academic careers knowing they received a lower cost per credit hour at the onset of their college career. However, we cannot accept the method of implementation, as the current situation is unfavorable to currently enrolled students.
You have spent your entire tenure here at The University of Akron with promise of change and new directions to help benefit student success. We are asking you to please take a step back and truly look at the agenda that is being pushed and how your decisions are directly harming the student body’s and public’s opinion of our university. We are also requesting you look at the current scholarship cap and look to match the cap to the new amount equivalent to tuition and fees. Finally, we urge you to re-evaluate the execution of the fees to allow a grace period, or exemption for junior and senior students who have not and are unable to feel the benefits of the GenEd Core program. Please try to recognize our requests to help current and future students on the campus of this great university.
Taylor Swift and Richard Angeletti
President and Vice President, Undergraduate Student Government
What is USG?
The University of Akron’s Undergraduate Student Government serves as a major source of communication and support between the undergraduate student body and the administration. We serve the students of The University of Akron! USG is also heavily involved in working with student organizations and ensuring their success. To help make organizations bigger and better, the Undergraduate Activities Fund (UAF) exists to help fund any events you may want to organize for your group. USG is responsible for distributing these funds to organizations. Want to start a New Student Organization? Come see us and we’ll help you get started! USG is always working hard, and while we find projects that help a lot of students, YOU are the ones we want to hear from! Contact us any time, day or night. It’s why we're here!
The Undergraduate Student Government serves the student body at The University of Akron. We advocate and act as a liaison to enhance and preserve the quality of life through our commitment to integrity, leadership, and UA pride.
To advocate for, engage with, and serve the student body with an interactive approach by being visible in the hearts and minds of every University of Akron student: past, present, and future.