Georgia State President Mark Becker appeared on the ESPN show “Outside the Lines” to respond to a story published about student athletic fees. The story insinuated that majority of institutions that have a student athletic fee, don’t do the best job of making the fees known to the students nor parents and a University that was highlighted was Georgia State.
Beginning the study for the story in 2010, the research was based around the Panthers’ athletic program after the school’s’ first season of football kicked off.
“The fees paid by students at Georgia State have not increased in seven years. The amount of the athletic fee increased, but that was all predetermined when the student government voted to support football, back before 2010,” president Becker said.
Another correspondent said Universities should make the fees more transparent in the student’s tuition bills. Once Becker was asked how transparent Georgia State’s bills were, he said he didn’t know because he’s never received a tuition bill from the University.
Later in the interview, Becker highlighted the fact that the arrival of the football team has increased school spirit and sights of Georgia State apparel on campus, which would not be as effective without the student fees.
You can watch majority of the segment here.