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UVa-Wise Board makes campus changes

6 Apr , 2012  

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.


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