TWU Student Union Referendum 2014

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TWU Student Union Referendum 2014

  1. 1. Referendum
  2. 2. Referendum: A campus wide vote on a mandatory fee. The vote is initiated and approved by students via a campus election process, and later approved by the campus administration, Board of Regents, and Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  3. 3.  Texas Legislature wants to see approve a fee increase. that students  The vote provides effective feedback about whether or not students want a service or facility.  TWU cannot raise a designated fee in Texas more than 10% of the current fee without a campus wide referendum.
  4. 4. Positive attributes to carry forward:  Location central to campus  Positive role in student development Leadership and volunteer opportunities o Employment opportunities o Student engagement o  Provide space for student organizations to meet, advertise and gather campus information
  5. 5. I. Space Limitations II. Aging & Outdated Building III. Cost to Repair and Upgrade IV. Technology concerns
  6. 6.  The current Student Union opened in 1970 with a campus population of 5,810.  Fall 2013 enrollment totaled 15,104 at TWU. (260% increase in population)
  7. 7. University Enrollment Union SF Texas A&M 50,000 400,000 40,000+ (projected) 38,000 35,754 20,000 14,740 14,093 13,700 200,000 54,700 80,000 105,000 75,000 77,000 110,000 Tarleton State Texas A&M Commerce Angelo State Midwestern State 12,282 9,633 9,000 7,084 6,093 Sul Ross 2,716 100,000 100,000 92,000 110,000 53,050 30,000 UNT (Expected to Open in 2015) University of Houston UNT (Current Union) UT Dallas Texas Woman's University Lamar Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State *Fall 2011
  8. 8. Student Union Room 207  The current TWU Student Union is outdated and lacks modernization.  The current building’s design results in underutilization of space and does not meet all ADA requirements. Water damage to ceiling
  9. 9.  Examples of upgrades/repairs needed o Repurpose Post Office location: $640,000 o Upgrade SU 207: $400,000+ o Safety and ADA mandates: $1,000,000+ Cost of examples exceeds $2 Million  Other repairs & upgrades are necessary to fully utilize the current TWU Student Union 
  10. 10. Technology Concerns  Age & structure of the TWU Student Union makes it difficult and cost prohibitive to install updated technology infrastructure  Potential technology upgrades within a new TWU Student Union oWi-Fi throughout the facility oIncreased digital signage oAudio broadcasting throughout oWebcasting and media upgrades in all meeting rooms
  11. 11.  Spring 2012 o Met with TWU campus schools/ departments, SGA for all 3 campuses, CAB, Athletics, and TWU students to give information about the referendum o Organized site visits to 7 different university student unions o Created student focus groups to design a new Student Union  October 2012 o TWU passes first referendum with 61% approval o 1,400 students (9.2% of the TWU population) voted
  12. 12. Denton Campus Focus Groups Student Recommendations Expanded dining options, additional dining seating, study and quiet areas, lounge space, & game room expansion • Accessible and upgraded technology space including; meeting rooms, theater, public areas, outdoor space, & student organization work & meeting space • Stronger Green initiatives (LEED certified) •
  13. 13. o Dallas Campus Focus Group Student Recommendations Retail kiosk or vending machines for school supplies • Recreation and/or game room space • Additional staffing in Student Life • o Houston Campus Focus Group Student Recommendations Additional study space • Expanded dining options and seating • Extended access hours for study space • Lactation room •
  14. 14. o Student Survey – a survey was sent to all TWU students assessing the student utilization, satisfaction and wish list for the current Student Union. o 1,222 responses were received        Recurring Feedback Received More variety of meeting room space & amenities Quiet space & extended access hours Additional programming space and expanded game room More dining options/variety Modernization Technology enriched areas More seating
  15. 15.  March 2013 o Texas Legislature discourages any bills involving increased student fees o TWU Administration decides to hold on constructing a new Union  January 2014 o o TWU Student Union staff is asked to complete a new referendum to ensure the current student population is still supportive of a new Student Union. Student Union goes through a re-branding and begins a new referendum
  16. 16.  February 2014 o 2 site visits have been scheduled (Texas A&M / UTD) o Presentations to 20+ student groups on 3 TWU campuses o Presentations to 10+ faculty/ staff groups  March 2014 2 site visits have been scheduled (OK State / Tarleton State) o Student Union will host 3 open forums o Back Stage Party at the Student Union o VOTE – Voting begins March 31st, 2014! o
  17. 17. TWU Union Wish List Student organization work space & SGA offices Expanded dining options Additional meeting rooms Larger game room & options Theater Information desk Designated Veterans area Green initiatives High level technology Stronger connectivity and ability to create online learning opportunites.  Lounge, study & quiet spaces  Incorporate campus traditions/history/spirit          
  18. 18. University of Texas - Arlington Texas Christian University Expanded Dining Options Curry College, Milton, MA
  19. 19. Theater Missouri State University Manhattanville University, New York
  20. 20. Diverse Meeting Space University of Texas - Austin Texas A & M University of Texas - Austin Texas Tech
  21. 21. Lounge Space University of Texas - Austin Texas A & M University of Texas - Austin
  22. 22. Texas A & M Texas A & M - Commerce Information Desk Stephen F. Austin
  23. 23. Student Organization Space Tarleton State University Texas A & M University of Texas - Austin
  24. 24. Union SF Union Semester Fee UNT (Expected to Open in 2015) 200,000 $166 University of Houston Texas A&M 54,700 $135 400,000 $100 Sam Houston State 100,000 $100 Texas A&M Commerce 92,000 $100 Lamar 77,000 $100 Stephen F. Austin 110,000 $85 Sul Ross 30,000 $85 Angelo State 110,000 $66 UT Dallas 105,000 $65 Midwestern State 53,050 $55 UNT (Current Union) 80,000 $52 Tarleton State 100,000 $50 Texas Woman's University 75,000 $35 University *Spring 2014
  25. 25. o Current Semester Fee: $35 o Est. 2012 Referendum Fee: $149 o Est. Semester Increase: $114 o 2014 Referendum Fee is in the Pricing Process o Est. Effective Date: September 2015
  26. 26.  February/March 2014 o Educational campaign on all three campuses  March 31 – April 3, 2014 o Referendum (vote) on all three campuses  August 2014 o Board of Regents presentation  Spring 2015 o Seek Legislative approval for fee change o Design process begins
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