Dr. Yvonne Katz, the newest Board member for the Alamo Colleges, has pledged $1 million to the UTSA Alumni Center.
During the Spring 2012 debate with Ramiro Nava for the District 5 Trustee seat, current Board member Roberto Zarate said:
I want us (the Alamo Colleges) to charge UTSA students more tuition for the classes they take with us. If we don’t get credit for their success then we should at least get more money.
Mr. Zarate was referring to how our colleges get funded by student graduation and college completion rates. UTSA students typically take 1 or 2 classes at one of the Alamo Colleges but do not get counted in the “completion” or “success” column for state funding.
The question is: How do current UTSA students and alumni feel about Trustee Zarate’s statement? Are they not taxpayers, too? Should they not get the same educational opportunities for the same cost as other local taxpayers?