Wellesley College administrators were shocked to learn this week that students disliked being left in the dark about subjects like the 2020-21 course browser, financial aid or if the college would be going remote like Smith, Mount Holyoke or Barnard.
“We had no idea that students were anxious about minor things like tuition costs or not being able to take the requisite classes to complete their major in time,” a senior administrator told the News. “I always thought that if we gave them a vague statement that provided no useful information whatsoever, they would be satisfied and go on their merry way.”
The College cited a report from 1975 where 100 percent of students interviewed expressed unfamiliarity with the internet as to why the College is not providing more email updates.
“And with the current state of the budget as it is, it just wouldn’t be economically feasible for us to mail out constant letters updating students because we spend that money begging alumna to donate to us,” said the administrator. “Besides, the number of students who want more information isn’t enough to justify us spending more time and effort in doing so.”
However, a more recent study of 50 students at the College found that 50 out of 50 students wanted at least some information instead of radio silence, a more transparent decision-making process and acknowledgement that student demands existed.
“Can you please at least pretend you guys know how the room and board assistance is going to be paid to international students?” asked Maria Vitória Moura ’24.
When the News reached out to the deans for comment, we were told that they were currently out of office.