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Columbus State University

April 14, 2020 - President Markwood's Message

Hello,

I continue to be impressed with the way our team has responded to this unprecedented crisis. You have shown patience, creativity, and support while continuing to manage this daily evolving pandemic that has impacted our campus community and our nation.

Our Create Care calling outreach efforts are having a positive impact on our students. As you know, we have about 250 volunteers contacting each of our students. Each call helps maintain a personal connection with our campus and reassures them that we care about their well-being and future success at CSU. It is critical that we do all we can to support our students and make sure they are aware of the resources available in our Create Care Network. I hear from students how much this contact means to them.

If you would like to consider supporting another program on our campus, the Food Bank, which provides a critical service for our students, remains open. You can donate through the online giving campaign that will go directly to purchasing items for students in need by going to CSU Cougars Care, or calling 706-568-2286.

To help keep CSU and other USG schools affordable and accessible, the Board of Regents approved today a recommendation of no tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year. Tuition for all students will remain the same as the 2019-2020 academic year at all 26 USG institutions. This announcement is great news, especially in this current time of economic challenges facing our families. We continue to provide a quality education at some of the lowest tuition rates among our peers in higher public education.

In addition to helping our students manage tuition costs, the USG also cut e-Tuition rates for undergraduate tuition to match in-state tuition rates for the Fall, and for Summer semester 2020, all mandatory fees, except the technology and special institution fee, will be eliminated.

Because of this crisis, our institution is also facing some economic challenges that will require immediate changes in how we manage and maximize our budget. The combination of unplanned expenses and significant risks to our revenue sources requires us to put into place an extremely conservative spending policy. We shared some information on this new process yesterday, and you will be receiving additional information from the Procurement team soon. For more information, https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/resources/employee-resources/spending-authorization-charges.php.

For other updates, check our webpage, https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/.

I continue to be proud of our CSU family. We are hearing and seeing reports of incredible efforts to lean in to this challenge. I am touched by reports of extraordinary acts of kindness and effort from faculty members helping their colleagues navigate an online environment. I am grateful for the incredible efforts of our COOL team going above and beyond to help everyone prepare for this challenge. I am thankful for departments, such as Chemistry, for finding creative ways to showcase student awards. These are just a few examples of what is a massive response to change.

This is a stressful environment, but you are leading with inspiration, compassion, and innovation, and remaining true to our core value of Servant Leadership. Because of you, we will keep educating our students, protecting our campus community, and supporting each other.

Thank you for all you do for our students, our community, and each other.

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood