UVa-Wise Board makes campus changes

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Board approved several measures at their regularly scheduled March 23 meeting which will have an impact on students. Here’s a sampling:

— Raising the rental rates for student housing by 7 percent “to maintain and effectively operate the college’s residence halls.” The cost to live in McCraray Hall would rise from $4,746 to $5,078 per academic year; all other halls would rise from $5,468 to $5,850.

— Increasing the college’s tuition generally by 5 percent, rather than an 8 percent increase proposed before. A full-time, in-state student will see tuition increase from $4,242 to $4,454 per academic year.

— Raising the college’s technology fee, a mandatory fee that all students must pay. The fee is set to increase from $115 to $121, as “technology costs continue to escalate at a rate higher than inflation.”

— Keeping the fee to produce transcripts for students and alumni at $10.

— Increasing the cost of most college meal plans by 5 percent, “to maintain and effectively operate the college’s cafeteria.” A 19-meal-a-week plan, for example, will increase from $3,617 to $3,798 per academic year.

— Raising the student services fee, which provides operating revenue for many areas of student life, by 5 percent. Full-time students will see an increase from $3,364 to $3,532 per academic year effective July 1.

— Increasing the out-of-state tuition rate by 5 percent for full-time residents who live in Kentucky and Tennessee within 50 miles of the college and part of a state assistance grant.

— Raising a capital fee on out-of-state students by 18.6 percent, to $632.

— Increasing the college’s budget for 2012-2013 by 4.8 percent to $36.4 million.

— Naming the David J. Prior Convocation Center “in consideration of Mr. Prior’s many contributions to the betterment of the college and the area it serves.”

— Supporting the college’s application to the NCAA’s Division II, an already ongoing process. UVa-Wise is currently a member of the NAIA Mid-South Conference.

— A memorial resolution honoring the late David Prior, who served as chancellor from 2005 until his death in February.

— A resolution of appreciation for William Wampler, Jr., a longtime Virginia senator who recently left a post at UVa-Wise as an adjunct instructor to become director of the New College Institute.

— A resolution of appreciation for Clarence Phillips, a 1975 graduate of UVa-Wise who recently retired from the General Assembly after 23 years of service.

[box type=”info” size=”large”]Interested in more info? View the agenda from the Board meeting (.doc format) to see more specific details.[/box]

Editor’s note: The technology fee is set to increase from $115 to $121 per year. This online story has been updated to reflect the correction.

Jordan Fifer

Interdisciplinary studies major Jordan Fifer served as The Highland Cavalier's editor-in-chief and online editor in the 2012-2013 academic year. He previously served as staff writer, news editor and photo editor.

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