Last week, we took a look at our University’ student I.D card process, which is somewhat costly, and began to question its existence. As a result, a random survey of 50 students was conducted in the David Student Union.
The outcome however, was surprising in that it reinforced the notion that the high prices demanded upon students that lost their I.D cards subconsciously urged everyone else to not lose theirs.
Although being mindful of the whereabouts of our student I.D cards is important, the bigger issue regarding the prices we must pay to replace these plastic cards is still at question.
At some point or another, an accident or theft may occur, which may cause a student to misplace their I.D card and thus have to pay $25 for a new one. Are these prices justified? Does it truly cost so much to stamp ink onto a plastic card?
According to the front desk at the DSU, where students go to replace or purchase new I.D’s, no information regarding these cards could be disclosed. This is obviously a bigger issue than originally anticipated by some; it was time to get answers.
When calling other universities in Virginia to figure out what they charged for their student I.D cards and where their money went, it was shocking to hear their responses.
These calls led to impolite conversations with faculty from these universities, who were fervent to push information “under the rug” per se, and answer questions as unconstructively as they could.
Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University and James Madison University, all had lower prices than our school overall.
Virginia Tech and William & Mary both charge $20 per new I.D Card, while JMU charges $15 for a first time replacement and then $20 for every card after that.
Differently, the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University charge $15 for any new card; Old Dominion offers a $5 dollar discount on I.D cards every Friday, as long as students wear school spirit.
All of these Universities, much like our own, dodged attempts to truly debunk the I.D card process and made it almost impossible to find out why they charge such prices or where the money goes.
Although these traditional universities provide their students with I.D cards at a cheaper price, it is important to note that all of these schools have a greater number of students and thus more funding, which could possibly be the reason for their lower prices.
Nevertheless, it is equally important to realize that it is not merely CNU who has high prices, but that prices for I.D cards in general are absurdly inflated.
Whether this is an issue our newer school faces, or one that is rampant across the state, the question still lingers for many students.
For now however, it can be assumed that the extra change is used to better our University, in one way or another.