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July 12, 2002 Volume 17, Number 27


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WIU Board Sets Tuition Increase for 2002-2003 Academic Year

The WIU Board of Trustees approved an additional $150 per semester tuition increase for incoming students and continuing students not covered by the guaranteed cost program for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The increase is expected to generate approximately $1,050,000 in additional operating resources for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2002. The University operating budget for the new year set at $93,668,900 by the General Assembly and Governor, reflects a $1.8 million reduction from the veto session. Western's original FY02 operating budget was $95,639,800.

Western's cost guarantee program provides undergraduates with the same rate for tuition, fees, room and board for a four-year period as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Western is the only public university in Illinois and one of a few in the country to offer the cost guarantee. The new tuition rate will be $115.50 per semester hour. The addition represents a total increase of 16.2 percent from the fall 2001 tuition rate of $99.40 per semester hour.

The Board also recommended a FY04 operating budget of $112,704,600, approved student health insurance rates and recommended two new degree proposals.

The budget requests for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2003 includes additional resources to support program expansion at the Quad Cities, technology infrastructure, a new doctoral program in educational leadership and salary increases for faculty and staff. Many of the FY04 program increases were requested in the FY03 budget but were not funded due to the state budget climate.

Capital budget recommendations for FY04 approved by the Board include funds to construct a multipurpose facility including a performing arts center on the Macomb campus at a cost of $32 million and a 61,000-square-foot addition to the WIU-Quad Cities facility at an estimated cost of $20.6 million. Budget recommendations from the WIU Board are forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for review and must be approved by the General Assembly and Governor.

The Board approved a 12 percent increase in the student health insurance rate setting the annual cost at $348 per year. Phillips Swager Associates, Peoria, was hired at a cost not to exceed $700,000 for architectural and engineering and design work to prepare bid documents for a proposed new low-rise residence hall on the site of the former Bennett Hall, which is being demolished this summer. The estimated construction cost of thenew residential facility is $6,300,000.

Western's Board recommended two new degree programs, a bachelor of arts in African American studies and a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre. The African American studies program would provide students the opportunity to understand the cultural patterns, knowledge and behaviors that are not commonly represented in Eurocentric education. The musical theatre program would serve student career interests in combining the areas of acting, singing and dance and offer placement in master of fine arts programs. Both degree program requests will be forwarded to the IBHE for review.

The next meeting of the WIU Board of Trustees will be Sept. 13 in Macomb.

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