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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

December 15, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

For over ten years, Valdosta State University has been in a constant state of construction.  This is due to the school's quickly growing student population.

"When a lot of the buildings like the Student Health Center was built in 1961, we had like 900 students.  We have over 11,500 students now, so it's not big enough to accommodate the needs of our students," said Thressea Boyd, Assistant to the President for Communications.

State appropriations will not cover non-academic buildings. Therefore, much of this construction is paid for with student fees. However, there is a  policy that allows students to have a say in what they pay.

The policy states that proposals for new mandatory student fees, along with increases to current fees, must first be presented for advice and counsel to a committee composed of at least 50 percent students.

The student representatives on the Student Fee Allocation Committee make recommendations to the university president, who takes their opinions to the Board of Regents.

The university hopes to use fundraising to alleviate some of the financial burden on students. John Crawford, Vice President of University Advancement says,"We are currently in the planning phases for a major fund-raising initiative.  As we move forward, most of our capital projects at Valdosta State will be financed through the gifts of our alumni and friends."

When asked the benefits of the construction, Thresses Boyd said, "It's producing jobs...  The different contractors had to hire more people.  Those are jobs and benefits that benefit the community in a tax-based revenue."

The benefit to students?  Facilities capable of meeting their ever-growing needs.  They will enjoy a new Health Center, a new Student Recreation Center, and an expanded University Union.

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