In light of current budget cuts (and possibly University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto’s gigantic pay raise), UK has eliminated or has direct plans to eliminate the Office of Student Involvement, which houses such groups as the Center for Community Outreach, Student Activities Board, Student Government, WRFL (student run radio station) and the Leadership Exchange Ambassadors.
The plan appears to disperse the groups throughout campus and under various power structures. Some may have new chains of command to oversee them. This dispersal will take the groups out of the Student Activities Center and likely make it much more difficult for students to find opportunities for campus involvement. Having all of the groups managed under the OSI makes it easier for students from all over campus and with many different interests to come together and get involved in campus and community activities.
Separating the student groups and putting them under the governance of a variety of groups has the potential to dramatically weaken the effectiveness that the OSI had worked so hard to achieve. Many studies have proven repeatedly that students who become involved in campus groups generally get better grades and are more likely to graduate.
The OSI is not simply about activities; it’s about students getting the education they need to succeed. Isn’t that UK’s primary mission?