Many academic buildings on the WSU campus are in need of repair or renovation. A planned student referendum is to provide a margin of excellence in our classrooms, laboratories, library and student service facilities. Students in every college will benefit through the proposed individual projects, and the entire student body will benefit from the renovation of Ablah Library and the creation of a central student services center in Clinton Hall. Part of the long-term value of a student's degree is tied to the university's overall reputation. New or upgraded facilities, along with increasing quality of instruction and research, all contribute to the success of our alumni.
Wichita State – with guidance from student, faculty and staff groups – has identified a list of academic and student success infrastructure needs. These needs include making physical improvements to key buildings in each academic college. The WSU student body is being asked to provide feedback through a referendum on the plan.
For detailed descriptions, visit the Proposed Improvements page. The list of priority improvements includes upgrades for:
- Ablah Library
- Barton School of Business
- Career Development Center
- Clinton Hall
- College of Applied Studies / LAS Psychology
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Health Professions
- Department of Biological Sciences in Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation
WSU educates students from all backgrounds and for all types of jobs locally and regionally. It's imperative that these students are provided with the best possible facilities in which to learn. The quality of the facilities our students have access to plays a huge role in their success and preparation for jobs in the arts, health care, business, engineering and more.
Just like we all pay for city and county roads, emergency services, community spaces and more, we also have the opportunity to do the same for facilities here at WSU. Banding together to provide for all types of disciplines at our university helps everyone.
Current students have the opportunity to help WSU meet these needs for the benefit of students, and the community it serves, for years to come. By supporting Shock the Future, students will enable the university to better fulfill its mission to empower more students, in ways that reflect their ever-changing needs. It's an investment in the university for future Shockers.
Deans and other leaders in each academic college sought feedback from a variety of student groups before making their final recommendations to the university administration. And we're collecting feedback from students all the time, such as through surveys and informal feedback at meetings that the deans have with students. In addition, every student who graduates gives us feedback, which we monitor.
This campus improvement project movement is being led by WSU students representing each college. They are beginning work on plans for informing the student body about the planned projects. The student body will vote in a March referendum to voice their opinions on whether they support the planned package of improvements and are willing to move forward with a $6-per-credit-hour increase to the Campus Infrastructure & Support student fee.
All degree-bound WSU students who are paying student fees are eligible.
All degree-bound WSU students who are paying student fees can vote online or in person at on-campus polling stations. Learn more about where to vote.
Voting will occur Monday, March 4 - Wednesday, March 6. Voting results will be announced by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 on official social media channels. Shock the Future on Twitter • Shock the Future on FacebookWatch video tutorial on how to vote
No student fees, other than user fees, shall be charged or collected by any state university for debt service on bonded indebtedness for any building or facility of such state university used primarily for academic purposes or providing health care services unless a student referendum is conducted in accordance with K.S.A. 76-742.
The Shock the Future referendum is unlike any other that has occurred on our campus. The Y and the RSC were student fee issues that needed to be ratified through the SGA Student Fee process. This referendum requires a student vote because it is not part of the student fee process. No student fees shall be charged for any building or facility used primarily for academic purposes unless a student referendum is conducted in accordance with K.S.A. 76-742. That’s what makes this vote different, the Y and RSC were not academic buildings.
The information on this page is accurate as of March 1, 2019. Answers to these questions may change as more is developed and learned about this campaign.