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April 18, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University and its Board of Regents honored champions during its regular meeting April 17 in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom, in addition to finalizing the University’s tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year and approving an upgrade of its laptop program.
Before getting to its business agenda, Regents celebrated the achievements of Northwest’s Speaking Bearcats forensics and debate team, which has earned 10 team and individuals national championships this spring. Regents also congratulated Northwest’s Beta chapter of the Pi Omega Pi business education honor society, which, during the weekend, was awarded its second national title in three years.
Regents capped the afternoon by attending a presentation across the hall in the Student Union Ballroom to present Justin Pitts, a junior guard on the Bearcat men’s basketball team, with the Bevo Francis Award, recognizing him as the top player in small college basketball. The men’s basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship last month in Sioux Falls, S.D. – about three months after the Bearcat football team won its sixth NCAA Division II national championship in Kansas City, Kansas – making Northwest the first Division II institution to accomplish that feat in the same academic year.
All told, Northwest is the winner of 13 national championships – 11 by academic teams and two by athletics teams – since December. Northwest has won more than 40 national titles in academics and athletics since 2009.
During his report to the Board, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski highlighted the University’s recent championships and maintained that the institution remains focused on access and affordability in spite of restricted financial resources. An analysis by the University reports the institution is covering about three-fourths of the fiscal year’s budget reductions and reallocations while the remaining percentage is being covered through student enrollment, tuition and fees.
“There’s no doubt we’re going through some tough times with regard to budget, and those will continue into next year and beyond,” Jasinski said during his closing remarks. “But we also have to take a step back and think about the positive play that Northwest Missouri State University has. We protect students and protect the quality of this institution and put ourselves in a position to be viable for the future, which speaks to our strategic objectives.”
Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick brought to the Board three fees, which were approved by Northwest’s Student Senate April 4 and unanimously approved Monday by regents.
Northwest will increase its technology fee by $2 per credit hour to support its laptop replacement cycle as well as upgrades to classroom and meeting room projector technology.
The University’s campus recreation fee will increase by $3.65 per credit hour to enhance recreational programming, including club sports, intramurals, recreation center facility enhancements, programming and operations at the planned Northwest Multipurpose Complex, and the Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area – a 320-acre parcel of land at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park – for student engagement and leadership development.
The third fee recommended by the Student Senate and approved by the Board is the implementation of a co‐curricular fee of 50 cents per credit hour to support Student Senate operations and student organizations.
The Board’s approval of the student-approved fees follow its vote last month to increase tuition, based on the allowable rate for undergraduate resident tuition and fees, established by the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) and a Missouri statute that limits the state’s colleges and universities from raising tuition above CPI.
Northwest’s tuition for undergraduate students will increase during 2017-2018 by 2.8 percent, while graduate students will see no tuition increase. Regents last month also approved an average increase of 2.6 percent for meal plans and an average increase of 1 percent for room rates as well as discipline‐specific course fees.
Additionally, on Monday, the Board approved the University’s “miscellaneous fee schedule,” which consists of fees for revenue generating services as well as internal services provided by departments.
Northwest students will receive new HP laptops next fall after the Board authorized the University’s purchase of $4.5 million in notebook computer and desktop upgrades.
With support from the University’s technology fee, Northwest will continue its notebook computer program, which provides students with low cost, efficient and up-to-date computing technology through notebook computers and computer labs, while enhancing an active learning environment outside of the traditional classroom.
Presenting the proposal to the Board, Vice President of Strategy and Operations Nola Bond said Northwest obtained competitive pricing quotes from three leading vendors in the notebook and desktop computer industry through state-approved contracting options. Based on student input and considerations of affordability, product quality and staffing to repair and maintain the computers, the University recommended maintaining HP as its primary vendor.
The laptop program provides all Northwest students with a fully loaded laptop notebook computer as well as technical support. Bundled with the University’s textbook rental program, which provides undergraduate students with all of their primary textbooks at the start of each trimester, Northwest estimates students save about $7,300 – the equivalent of about one year of tuition at other Missouri institutions – during the course of a four-year academic career.
In other business, the Board approved a series of academic policy and curriculum revisions that included the replacement of Northwest’s academic honesty policy with a Code of Academic Integrity, the creation of an academic forgiveness policy and changing the standard for full-time graduate degree enrollment from nine credit hours to six.
The Board approved the call of the University’s Recreation System Refunding Revenue Bond Series 2010 in May 2017 and funding its final payment from the debt service reserve and Recreation System fund balance. The transaction will save about $25,000 in interest from the final year of the 2010 Bond Series.
The Board approved candidates due to receive bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees during the University’s commencement ceremonies April 28-29. It also approved the appointments of 184 faculty assigned to teach courses during Northwest’s summer trimester.
The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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