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Tuition and budget top trustees' agenda

July 11, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees is expected to adopt a budget for the coming year and set tuition rates for 2006-07 when it meets in formal public session at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 14.

Meeting in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center, trustees also will consider recommendations brought by WMU President Judith I. Bailey on closing 11 graduate programs. The program closures recommended are the result of a yearlong review of WMU's graduate programs. Decisions on program closure recommendations were announced July 7 and must be approved by the board.

A number of other items are on the agenda for trustees to consider. They include a reorganization plan for the College of Education, formal closure of the Office of Ombuds, a revised policy for naming University facilities and a number of real estate transactions, including leases for new vendors in the Bronco Mall and an option to purchase property at WMU's Business, Technology and Research Park. In addition, the board is expected to hear reports on gifts and grants and consider a number of personnel items.

Trustees will begin the July 14 meeting by voting on revisions to the board's rules governing public comment. If approved, the new rules will go into effect immediately. Rule changes are designed to enhance and define opportunities for those who wish to provide oral or written comment to members of the board. The proposed rules would set a time limit on individual presentations to allow more people to speak, both before the board votes on an agenda item and at the end of the meeting when the board hears comments on issues not related to an agenda item. The proposed rules are posted at www.wmich.edu/bot.

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

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