WMU News

Tuition increase recommendation tops board agenda

Feb. 24, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A recommendation to limit the tuition increase to 2.4 percent for the 2004-05 academic year will top the agenda when the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees holds its annual public meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27.

Trustees also are expected to consider gift, grant and personnel reports as well as hear a final report on Partnering for Success: The Centennial Campaign for Western Michigan University. That five-year major fund-raising initiative was concluded with the close of 2003.

During the meeting, WMU President Judith I. Bailey will recommend the 2.4 percent tuition increase, putting the University in line with a funding agreement Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed to Michigan's public universities in December. Under the agreement, universities that hold tuition increases to 2.4 percent will be spared funding cuts from the state in the next fiscal year and will have part of this year's appropriation cuts returned.

The board's formal annual meeting is also the one at which board members elect officers for the coming year.

The meeting will be held in the Connable Board Room in the Bernhard Center. All items on the agenda will be considered by the full board, which has opted to change its meeting structure to convene as a "committee of the whole." Formerly, two board committee meetings preceded the meeting of the full board.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 269 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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