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May 4, 2009
The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents met in regular session Friday, May 1, and set new room and board rates for the 2009-'10 academic year, raising each by 3 percent. The board also voted to increase next year's per-credit-hour fees for technology and classroom renovation following approval of the measure by the Student Senate.
In addition, the board added Doniphan County, Kan., to the list of counties that Kansas residents may designate as their legal home in order to receive the Bearcat Break tuition discount, which is available to eligible graduate students attending the Northwest Kansas City Center in Liberty and the Northwest St. Joseph Center.
The Bearcat Break was established two years ago and applies to several counties adjacent to Missouri's western border. The addition of Doniphan means that residents from eight Kansas counties can now benefit from the discount.
Besides out-of-state students attending the University's academic centers in St. Joseph and Kansas City, the Bearcat Break applies to residents of three Oklahoma counties enrolled through Northwest's collaborative program with Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. On-line students are ineligible for the discount.
The increase in room and board charges means that, depending on dining and residence options chosen by individual students, the cost of living and eating on the Maryville campus will increase from $6,590 to $6,790 next year. The student-approved fee increases each add $2 per credit hour to the cost of attending the University. The technology fee will go from $10 to $12, and the classroom renovation fee will rise from $5.50 to $7.50.
The regents tabled action on a proposed lease for the construction of electricity-producing wind turbines on the R.T. Wright University Farm north of Maryville and approved a new policy having to do with the maintenance of board records and release of information.
On the wind turbine issue, the regents asked for additional financial information about Northwest Energy Center, a subsidiary of Wind Capital Group, and agreed to place the item on the agenda for a board meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 7.
The records and information policy makes the secretary to the Board of Regents custodian of the board's records, and provides that records from closed meetings will be released in accordance with legal requirements or when the president of the Board of Regents determines that such a release is in the best interest of the University.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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