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Release: Oct. 8, 1999

UISG takes tuition debate online, will capture student comments on video

IOWA CITY, Iowa --For three days beginning Monday, Oct. 11, the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) will use the Web to gather undergraduate students' votes in support of or in opposition to a proposed 6.9 percent tuition increase at the UI. And, in further efforts to involve undergraduates in the tuition debate, the UISG plans to capture students' comments on videotape using a popular journalistic technique called "man-on-the-street" interviews.

Lana Zak, UISG president, said in a prepared UISG press release, that she hopes students take a proactive approach to their future at the University of Iowa by taking part in the tuition discussions.

All currently enrolled UI students will be able to participate in the online referendum through ISIS on the web, a recently launched UI Web site created to enhance ISIS, the online student course registration system. ISIS on the web has features and functions common to today's Web sites.

A "My Vote" link was created as a permanent feature of the ISIS on the web site. The link will be activated for student voting beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11 that will continue through midnight Wednesday, Oct. 13. ISIS on the web can be accessed at http://isis.uiowa.edu

And, throughout next week, UISG members will traverse various parts of the UI campus with video cameras to record students' input about the proposed increase.

The UISG plans to present the findings of the online referendum and the students' personal testimonials as a video presentation Wednesday, Oct. 20 to the Board of Regents at its Oct. 20-21 meeting at the UI. The regents are considering a 4.3 percent tuition increase for the UI, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. The UI is proposing an additional 2.6 percent increase to help improve various programs and instructional equipment. Currently, the in-state tuition rate is $2,666; the out-of-state rate is $9,788. UI President Mary Sue Coleman will present the additional tuition increase proposal to the regents during their two-day meeting.