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March 15, 2013
Northwest Missouri State University's Board of Regents during its regular meeting Thursday approved moderate tuition and fee increases for the 2013-14 academic year as well as changes to curriculum and to the University’s alcohol policy.
Beginning with the fall 2013 trimester, Northwest will raise its tuition by 1.7 percent, reflective of the Consumer Price Index increase. Based on 24 student credit hours per academic year, tuition and fees will increase by $214.56 for in-state undergraduates and by $329.04 for out-of-state undergraduates. For graduate students, based on 18 student credit hours per academic year, tuition will increase by $187.38 for in-state students and $287.46 for out-of-state students.
The fees, as approved by Northwest’s Student Senate, include per-student-credit-hour increases for minimum wage (50 cents), student activities ($1), academic equipment ($1.35) and technology ($2).
The Board also approved increases to room and board rates with room rates averaging 2.1 percent and ranging from 0 to 4 percent based on apartment, suite or residence hall style of housing. Additionally, with Northwest’s transition to a new residential dining program, meal-plan rate increases will average 0.6 percent, ranging from 0 to 2 percent depending on the type of meal plan a student chooses.
In its proposal for the tuition and fee increases, Northwest officials cited the University’s continued commitment to delivering value and quality to students and stakeholders. Northwest offers an affordable comprehensive education and cost-effective services, including a textbook and laptop program that saves students more than $1,700 annually.
“At Northwest we take great pride in our ability to provide a comprehensive education that is focused on student success – every student, every day,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “The tuition increase approved by the Board helps Northwest continue its focus on affordability and offering value to students.”
Among the curriculum changes, the Board approved a new course, MBA business foundation, that will serve as a prerequisite for non-business students planning to enter Northwest’s Master of Business Administration graduate program. The course, worth nine credit hours, will provide accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing instruction. The course will not take the place of the required credits for any undergraduate business major or minor but eliminates the potential for up to three trimesters of business prerequisites for the non-business major entering the graduate program.
The Board also approved the addition of an interdisciplinary minor, accounting information systems, in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. The new minor creates a program that will provide students with an understanding of basic accounting and computing skills while expanding students’ career opportunities in areas such as accounting, business, government, technology and non-profit management.
Under the changes approved to Northwest’s alcohol policy, Northwest will now allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages by individuals who are of legal age, in parking lots 60, 62 and 63 located west of Bearcat Stadium and in the stadium’s suites only during home football games; for social functions at the Thomas Gaunt House, which is the University president’s residence; and for one-time events, such as wedding receptions and exhibit openings, that are approved by the president and meet certain criteria addressing the use of alcohol sold by a third-party vendor.
Northwest’s policy prohibiting the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in residence halls remains unchanged.
Presenting the revised policy to the Board, Northwest Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker and University Police Chief Clarence Green said the new, clearly defined policy allows the University Police Department clarity in its enforcement of alcohol use on campus, in particular as it relates to tailgate activities prior to Northwest football games.
Baker and Green noted the proposal was reviewed by the University’s legal counsel and the state risk manager, who agreed Northwest’s policy would be among the strongest in the state because it is directive and limiting.
Northwest committees and departments involved in the study and revision of the alcohol policy included the Substance Abuse Task Force, Office of Student Affairs, Student Senate executive committee, Department of Athletics, Office of University Advancement, Office of Human Resources, University Police Department, Risk Management and the Northwest Leadership Team.
In other business, the Board approved a compensation proposal that will ensure employee salaries are brought to 90 percent of market survey data for each respective position as provided by the College and University Professional Association (CUPA) for Human Resources, or other applicable survey data. The move will impact 299 positions at an annual cost of about $700,000. Funding for the compensation proposal already had been set aside in the current fiscal year’s budget.
“A fundamental and critical component for any and all organizations is to recruit and retain a high-quality workforce across all functions, and this market adjustment is but one step in the right direction,” Jasinski said.
The Board also named Husch Blackwell as the University’s legal counsel and approved Northwest’s academic calendar for 2015-16.
The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.
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