SGA president Brandon Glynn presenting during the meeting.
Photo by An Phan. SGA president Glynn was elected.
Every Thursday, Roosevelt’s Student Government Association hosts an open forum where the president of the SGA and his executive board get together to discuss their current agenda and their plan to facilitate time and resources for individual events and student issues.
Last Thursday, Oct. 25, President Brandon Glynn touched on a variety of topics, ranging from online enrollment and retention to university senate and catering.
Glynn mentioned that he talked with head of university senate, Stuart Folse, who informed him that Roosevelt University now owns two votes in the university senate due to the Schaumburg campus not being able to provide a senator.
“In the original write up of the rules, there was a space for Schaumburg SGA and Chicago SGA,” Glynn said. Since Roosevelt’s Schaumburg campus no longer has an established SGA, the other vote is defaulted back to the Chicago campus.
Due to this, the wording of the SGA Constitution will be updated to reflect that the second delegate should be a student government delegate ‘preferably’ from Schaumburg, but optimism about them sending a delegate to senate meeting every month is low.
Glynn discussed attendance rates at the University had remained “flat from last year,” noting Roosevelt currently has 4,329 students, reflecting an enrollment decrease of 1.5 percent. However, the Schaumburg campus has seen an increase from 654 students to 715 students since last year.
First year retention is also up from the previous years, currently sitting at 74 percent. This is an increase from 64 percent last year and 57 percent the year prior. Glynn sees this as a positive, referring to them as “more respectable percentiles,” and references how these numbers will provide an ability to have more cohesive classes, and higher graduation rates as a result.
Glynn goes further to state that Roosevelt will push to add more online classes to its curriculum in order to boost enrollment. As of the 2018 numbers, 17.2 percent of all credit hours at Roosevelt are through online classes and through hybrid classes.
“They will be attempting to have more online offerings, and more online offerings for entire programs and certificates,” Glynn said. The details about what courses that may include is yet to be determined.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, there will be a town hall meeting addressing the questions from university senate, as well as the school’s plans for the upcoming years. Dubbed “The Stronger Roosevelt Plan,” it is presumed President Ali will be talking about the future of the university and the changes students and faculty can expect to see.
The details of the meeting are vague, and a room number and time has yet to be given, but Glynn senses it will be “extremely important,” in helping the SGA direct themselves for the upcoming years.
There is an initiative spearheaded by Glynn to provide students with a way to gain access to laptops if they do not have one and cannot afford one. Currently, the only option for students without laptops are the computer labs which close at 10:30 p.m. According to Glynn, the school and each of its department has “a ton of laptops,” and that there should be a system in place to take those excess laptops and rent them out to students through the library.
The rental would put a hold on the students account and would be returned at the end of the year. Students would be free to rent them out for the entire duration of their Roosevelt career, but any damage to the laptop would charge the hold on the student’s account.
“Hopefully we will have that done by the end of the semester because now there has been eleven students who’ve spoken with me personally who do not have reliable access to laptops at the school,” Glynn said. “It’s not really fair… meritocracy should not rule common resources.”
Glynn also addressed the issue with the schools catering, namely the pricing and the absence of vegan, kosher and halal options. When an organization puts on an event and there needs to be special dietary alternatives, the price goes way up, which in turn, disciplines organizations for being more diverse.
“That’s not something that should happen here and it’s not fair that some organizations should have to pay more than others for their event,” Glynn said. SGA has since gotten the administration’s attention on the issue and once a meeting is held regarding catering, students will be informed.
As a side note, Glynn mentioned that the SGA social media page needs to finally be updated and centralized into one place. By next week he is hoping to have that all set up, so students can properly get in contact with someone involved in student government because the current emails are incorrect.
Incremental change to the Constitution is also being worked through, with Glynn stating the table of content has been organized.