Room and board rates top trustees' agenda
April 13, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Campus room and board and rental rates for the 2010-11 academic year and a sustainability fee proposed for students by students are among agenda items the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will tackle when it meets April 15.
During a meeting set to begin at 11 a.m. in Rooms 157-159 of the Bernhard Center, trustees will take up a recommendation for an increase in rates for the University's residence hall system and for campus apartments. WMU operates a 20-hall system that houses approximately 20 percent of main campus students, including 90 percent of first-year students. The University also operates 361 on-campus apartments for students and student families.
In addition, trustees will consider a student fee increase for 2010-11 that amounts to $8 per semester and $4 per session. The Sustainability Fund fee initiative was proposed by students and approved during a March 15-19 Western Student Association general election. The purpose of the fee is to raise funds that can be used to enrich course offerings, create student green jobs, support a sustainability office, support student initiatives and provide research grants, fellowships and scholarships for students.
Also at the meeting, trustees will consider a recommendation to lease space for WMU's Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education to store geological core samples from across the state as well as a recommendation to launch a new center aimed at advancing health information technology.
Trustees also will receive regular gift, grant and personnel reports.
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