Graduate Student Council to address later class times
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 22:09
The Graduate Student Council will hold its bimonthly meeting on Tuesday to discuss insurance, class times and Aggie Rings.
Amanda Rutherford, GSC executive vice president and political science graduate student, said the upcoming meeting will discuss a proposal to push graduate classes held at 5 p.m. back to 5:30 p.m.
The bill to change 5 p.m. class times was written by Kevin Andrews, agricultural leadership, education and communications graduate student.
Andrews said he felt the bill needed to be written to start conversations among graduate students to see if changes in scheduling would make things easier for students.
“We are using this bill just to gauge out how each others’ schedules work out,” Andrews said. “We want to see why grad students choose these classes and how we can try to accommodate to meet their needs. We are trying to get the conversation going about how this could possibly be better for graduate students with families or who work until 5 o’clock and don’t want to have to leave work early — who want to get that extra bit of work done.”
Andrews said a 30-minute push back in class time would help graduate students with parking, as well as they would be paying evening rates in garages and spots closer to their classrooms would be available.
Andrews said the idea for the bill came to him when he was talking to fellow graduate students who were upset that they had to leave work early to make it to class on time, and still had to park in West Campus Garage for classes on main campus.
Andrews said he hopes the proposed bill will allow graduate students to discuss what possible improvements could be made to make their commute easier.
He said he is aware the desires of the class instructors and transportation services must also be taken into account for this bill and hopes the Graduate Student Council will find a compromise that will work best for everyone.
“I think that each person has different needs, that’s why it’s going to be a great point to talk about at the meeting,” Andrews said. “Somehow, some point, someway, the classes we have were somehow set. Why were they set that way? Has anyone looked at it recently from the student perspective, though? That’s what we are trying to do. It won’t be an ultimatum, we will collaborate with instructors and transportation services but it will get them looking at it from the student perspective.”
In addition to class time changes, guest speaker Kevin McGinnis, director of the Risk Management and Benefits Administration at Texas A&M, said he will discuss insurance changes that graduate students could face as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
“[We will discuss] more coverage, decrease in premiums for graduate students, domestics and an increase for international [students],” McGinnis said. “Graduate students will have access to more coverage at less premium.”
Brittany Bounds, GSC president and history graduate student, said the meeting might also include a celebratory toast for graduate students who recently received their Aggie Rings.
The Graduate Student Council will convene for its bimonthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Koldus 144.