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March 14, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University's Board of Regents during its regular meeting Thursday approved tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year in addition to setting in motion plans for an extensive upgrade to the University’s fitness facilities.
The Board unanimously approved no increase in undergraduate tuition for the upcoming academic year, as long as state appropriations do to not dip below 5 percent within the state’s finalized budget. Graduate tuition for fall 2014 will increase by 1.5 percent, which is reflective of the Consumer Price Index increase.
In presenting the tuition proposal to the Board, Northwest leaders noted the University continues to offer great value and is among the most efficient in delivering quality to its students and stakeholders. Northwest’s tuition increases are the lowest in the nation during the last five years, while its placement rates for undergraduates and graduates are 97.4 percent and 99 percent, respectively. While 90 percent of Northwest students receive some type of financial assistance, the University’s student loan default rate and student indebtedness also fall below state and national averages.
Northwest’s 2014-2015 tuition will be $271.85 per credit hour for in-state undergraduate students and $480.24 for out-of-state undergraduate students. For graduate students, tuition will increase to $345.72 for in-state students and $593.49 for out-of-state students.
The Board also approved a series of fees, as approved by Northwest’s Student Senate, including a technology fee of 70 cents per credit hour. The fee enables Northwest to continue its laptop rental program, which provides each student with a notebook computer and technology support services while enhancing the campus’ technology infrastructure and learning environment. Combined with its innovative textbook rental program, Northwest saves students more than $1,700 annually.
After seeking student input and receiving the Board’s approval Thursday, Northwest will purchase HP notebook computers, desktop computers, monitors and an upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 for students enrolling at the University during 2014-2015.
A new fitness fee of $4, approved by the Board as well as the Student Senate, will be implemented during the trimester in which the fitness center is completed. Northwest is developing plans to repurpose its aquatic center, which the University closed in 2012, into a state-of-the-art health and fitness center. Consequently, the Board also approved a proposal Thursday to rename the building, currently known as the Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center, to the Robert & Virginia Foster Fitness Center.
The Board also approved per-student-credit-hour fee increases for wellness ($1.60), capital improvement ($3) and minimum wage (30 cents). Room and board rates will increase by an average of 3 percent based on Northwest’s apartment, suite or residence-hall style of housing, and residential dining will increase an average of 3 percent, based on a range of meal plans offered.
Among the curriculum changes, the Board approved a new interdisciplinary minor in sport management involving the departments of Health and Human Services, Behavioral Sciences and Business. The minor, which is open to all Northwest students, is designed to expose students to a variety of sport-related courses while providing a practical experience in the sport industry. Within the 24-credit-hour minor, three new courses – Sport Management, Issues in Sport and Field Experience in Sport Management – are being developed to supplement existing courses. The minor also will consist of required and elective courses focused on topics such as marketing and management, managerial communication and commercial recreation.
In other business, the Board approved an update to the University’s policy for service animals to include new federal guidelines. The Board also renewed its agreement with Husch Blackwell as the University’s legal counsel.
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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