Regents Approve 2.95% Tuition Increase for Resident Undergraduates

Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on Tuesday, April 30, approved a 2.95 percent increase in undergraduate tuition for Kentucky residents.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education had earlier approved a tuition rate increase ceiling of 3 percent for resident undergraduate tuition.

Full-time resident undergraduates will now pay $3,768 per semester. Resident graduate tuition will increase $15 per credit hour, or 3.41 percent.

The Board also approved a tuition increase of $500 (22 percent) per year for grades 1-12 at Model Laboratory School. The increase, expected to generate an additional $350,000 in revenue for 2013-14, is part of a long-term plan for Model Lab to become more fully supported by its tuition, fees and Madison County appropriations. “Model will remain open,” Board Chair Craig Turner said after the meeting.

Meal plan rates at EKU will rise an average of no more than 3 percent, in accordance with the “Food Away from Home” category of the South Region Consumer Price Index. The percentage of actual increase will vary from plan to plan.

The Board also approved a 5 percent increase in residence hall rates.

EKU faculty and staff will not receive an across-the-board raise for 2013-14.

In other business, the Board approved changes to the University’s admissions criteria. Students will be granted full admission to Eastern if they have graduated from an accredited high school and earned a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale OR have submitted a minimum ACT composite score of 20 or SAT combined verbal/critical reading score of 950 or higher, AND met the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum, AND have submitted an official six-semester high school transcript or GED diploma, or documentation indicating completion of an EKU-approved home-school or distance learning high school program.

Students who meet the criteria for full admission and have ACT (or equivalent SAT) subject scores below 18 in English or 20 in reading, or are missing Pre-College Curriculum requirements, will be granted admission to the University in a Directed Admission category.

Students who do not meet the specified criteria for full or directed admission and have a high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be granted admission to the University through the Success First initiative, by which students will be admitted to associate-level programs initially until they demonstrate academic success.

The Board also:

·         authorized Turner to negotiate salary and terms and conditions of employment with incoming EKU President Dr. Michael T. Benson. “We hope to have that wrapped up within seven days,” he said.

·         approved naming the Student Success Building the Charles Douglas Whitlock Building in honor of EKU’s 11th president, who last year announced his retirement, effective July 31 of this year.

·         granted President Emeritus status to Whitlock.

·         welcomed new Faculty Regent Dr. Amy Thieme and approved a resolution citing the contributions of former Faculty Regent Dr. Malcolm Frisbie, who had served in the position since 2007.

·         heard an update from the Budget Reallocation Task Force. “We’re at a juncture where additional input is needed from Dr. Benson, to get his thoughts on the paths being considered and be sure they don’t conflict with the direction he wants to go,” Turner said.

Published on April 30, 2013