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Differential tuition, president's evaluation top agenda

Dec. 14, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Meeting on Friday, Dec. 17, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees is expected to discuss its annual formal evaluation of WMU President John M. Dunn as well as a proposal to adopt a differential tuition program next year for two of the University's degree-granting colleges.

Meeting at 11:45 a.m. in Rooms 157-159 of the Bernhard Center, the board also is expected to give its formal approval for the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies, which is new this fall and was made possible by a gift from the Light family to honor the former WMU provost and professor's longtime career as an East Asian language and culture scholar.

The meeting will mark the board's third assessment of Dunn and is expected to include a resolution on presidential compensation. Dunn began his tenure at WMU in July 2007.

Differential tuition measures for the Haworth College of Business and the College of Fine Arts will be considered by trustees at the meeting and then will be tabled for action at a future meeting to allow time for public feedback and further discussion. Differential tuition, which is common at many public research universities, involves assessing higher tuition rates or fees for programs that have high student demand, high program cost or enjoy significant employment opportunities.

The implementation of a differential tuition model has been under review by administrators, faculty and students of the two WMU colleges for the past 15 months. If adopted at a future board meeting, the measure would go into effect in fall 2011 for juniors and seniors in the Haworth College of Business and for all undergraduates in the College of Fine Arts.

A number of other items round out the Dec. 17 board agenda, including recommendations on academic program changes and property leases as well as reports covering gifts, grants and personnel changes. The board also will set meeting dates for 2011 and act on a recommendation to enact a new joint use and maintenance agreement in Muskegon involving WMU and three other colleges and universities.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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