The BGSU Board of Trustees set fees and tuition for the 2013-14 academic year at its June 21 meeting.
Faced with an anticipated $3 million decrease in state funding on the Bowling Green campus for fiscal year 2014, the trustees approved increases of 2 percent in general fees and tuition for in-state undergraduate students at both the Bowling Green and Firelands campuses.
"These modest increases are necessary for us to continue to provide the high level of education and services we offer our students," said board chair William Primrose III.
For the Bowling Green campus, general fees will increase $15 a semester for all students. Tuition rates will increase $91.20 a semester for full-time, in-state undergraduate students taking 12-18 credits.
The combined tuition and general fees for a full-time, in-state undergraduate at the Bowling Green campus will increase from $5,189 per semester in fiscal year 2013 to $5,295 in fiscal 2014 — a $106 increase. The total annual cost of fees and tuition will be $10,590.
At Firelands, the increase in general fees will be $2.40 per semester for full-time, in-state students. Tuition costs rise by $46.20 per semester for full-time, in-state undergraduate students.
The combined tuition and general fees for a full-time, in-state undergraduate at the Firelands campus will increase from $2,417 per semester in fiscal 2013 to $2,465 in fiscal 2014 — a $49 increase. The total annual cost of fees and tuition will be $4,930.
There will be no change to tuition for graduate students, although teacher cohorts will now pay the regular graduate tuition and general fee rates. There will also be no change to the out-of-state surcharge for either undergraduate or graduate students.
The recommendations for tuition and fee changes are necessary in large part due to the anticipated 4.5 percent decrease in state share of instruction (SSI), CFO Sheri Stoll told the board.
The state has significantly changed its funding model for public universities, which will have an impact on BGSU beginning now and increasingly in the next few years as the plan is phased in, Stoll said.
Among the changes, degree completion will be much more heavily weighted when allotting SSI, as will student retention and course completion.
To offset the ongoing reduction in state support, BGSU has been working for several years to reduce costs by finding ways to be more efficient and to generate additional income without raising tuition. These short- and long-term measures have ranged from an employee separation incentive plan and participation in a state university insurance consortium, on the personnel side, to renegotiation of vendor supply and service contracts, on the operations side. One way the University has raised revenue and avoided passing additional operational costs on to students is by partnering with PNC Bank to create a banking center on campus, Stoll said.
Clean air policy to ban smoking on campus
The new year will bring a breath of fresh air to the University. In keeping with the Ohio Board of Regents' recommendation that all Ohio public
universities become smoke-free, the board of trustees on June 21 adopted a Clean Air and Smoking Policy prohibiting smoking in most areas of both the Bowling Green and BGSU Firelands campuses, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The policy covers all facilities owned or leased by the University, and includes faculty, staff, students and visitors.
"As a learning community, we want to model good health habits and provide a comfortable and safe environment for all," said William Primrose III, outgoing board chair.
BGSU offers smoking cessation programs for employees through the Employee Assistance Program and for students through its Counseling Center, Primrose noted.
Before the board vote, the campus no-smoking proposal was endorsed by Classified Staff Council, Administrative Staff Council and Faculty Senate, along with Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Senate.
The action extends the longstanding ban on smoking inside all University facilities to outdoor areas and vehicles operated by University personnel. On the Bowling Green campus, areas where smoking will be allowed are several designated parking lots around campus, where signage and ash receptacles will be in place.
On the Firelands campus, smoking will be permitted in parking lots only. Signage and ash receptacles will be placed appropriately around campus.
Members of the Clean Air and Smoking Policy Development Committee and the Drug, Alcohol and Sexual Offenses Coalition will assemble a new implementation committee to promote the policy with faculty, staff and students this fall, comprising representatives from human resources, athletics, facilities services and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, in preparation for implementation in spring 2014.
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Math Emporium planned for Olscamp Hall
The trustees approved a number of capital improvements to campus buildings designed to improve student learning.
Chief among the developments is the creation of a "Math Emporium" in Olscamp Hall. The trustees approved $5.65 million for the project, which will address a longstanding challenge for undergraduate students: successfully completing math courses.
Though the emporium was not on the original Campus Master Plan, when the Department of Mathematics and Statistics developed its program, it learned that having a hands-on math lab has proved successful in other universities. The Math Emporium will facilitate a change in the way math courses are offered, allowing them to be broken down into one-credit modules that will string together to form three-credit courses. Students can move through the modules at their own pace, with supervision, retaking only those modules they do not pass without having to take the entire course again.
The emporium also allows higher-level courses to be broken into classroom and lab components.
The facility will feature a 200-seat open area of computer systems clustered in various group configurations to accommodate individual or small group study, two 60-65 seat classrooms, a tutor oversight station, and several small testing rooms. The renovation, which will be funded by the issuance of long-term debt, is expected to be complete by the fall of 2014.
In other facilities action, the trustees approved funding for several preliminary projects necessary for the next phase of the Master Plan. These include the regeneration of the Academic Core buildings. Hanna, Moseley and South halls are most likely to be renovated first, and the first step when that begins will be interior demolition and construction-management pre-construction services. The initial $3.43 million authorized by the board gives the Office of Capital Planning flexibility to begin once all the necessary planning and decisions have been completed.
Infrastructure engineering costs of $2 million were approved for Moseley, South, Hanna and University halls to address significant utility system capacity issues that will be required in the newly renovated buildings. The funding will come from existing state capital project funds.
Likewise, the board approved $4.475 million to renovate the Huntington Building so that a number of support offices can be relocated there in preparation for the future demolition of the Administration Building.
Dean Malhas to resign
Dr. Faris Malhas, dean of the College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering, has announced his decision to resign, citing professional reasons. He has accepted the position of dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Connecticut State University.
Malhas, who joined BGSU in 2011, will be on campus through the middle of August. Dr. Rodney Rogers, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, will be working with faculty and staff in the college to identify an interim leader.
New director named
Dr. Laura Stafford will serve as the new director of the School of Media and Communication.