By Daniel Falkenheim, Web Editor

The Montclair State University Board of Trustees held their annual tuition hearing on Friday, but no more than five students appeared at the hearing. Only three students signed up to speak at the hearing in advance, which is a far cry from when dozens of members of the Montclair State Students for a Democratic Society showed up to protest tuition hikes at hearings in 2012.

The tuition hearing was held at 10 a.m. on April 15, and students were invited to speak in front of the Board of Trustees. Not much effort was made by the administration to make students aware of the event via social media. Faculty were not made separately aware of the tuition hearing and could not effectively notify their students of the hearing in advance. However, flyers were posted on campus and emails were sent to students to notify them.

“I’m disheartened that the university did not widely go out of its way to publicize and get students here to testify at the tuition hearing,” Dr. Richard Wolfson, the president of the Montclair State University Federation of Teachers, said at the hearing. “To not give the students the full story with respect to how a tuition rate is determined and encourage them to come and participate is simply to deny them the transparency they deserve.”


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