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Feb. 10, 2011
WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors approves tuition/fee increases for 2011-2012 academic year.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At its meeting Wednesday (Feb. 9), the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors approved a $100 per semester tuition increase for community college students.
Currently, WVU Parkersburg certificate and associate degree seeking students pay $1,038 per semester. The proposed tuition recommendation will increase tuition to $1,138 per semester. Tuition for WV residents seeking baccalaureate degrees will increase by $137 per semester. Bachelor degree students pay $1,422 a semester. Their tuition will increase to $1,559 per semester.
WVU Parkersburg has not had a tuition increase since 2009 and efforts are made to keep student costs to a minimum, Vincent Mensah, the college's chief financial officer, noted. But Mensah pointed out that rising expenditures in college operations, student support services, technology infrastructure, program sustainability, and personnel expenses due to enrollment increases have prompted the need to revise tuition levels.
The tuition and fees’ recommendation will be forwarded to the WV Council for Community and Technical College Education and the WV Higher Education Policy Commission for review. If approved, the increases will be effective with the 2011-2012 academic year.
In other business, Board member Curtis Miller gave a report on the college’s various facility projects. He noted that the roof, façade, electrical distribution and elevator projects at the college’s downtown center, located on Market Street, are on schedule and expected to be completed by June 1.
Also, Miller said that two new campus facilities – the child development center and the applied technology center - are to be bid in late March with construction beginning in June. Both are to be completed by March, 2012.
The Board also approved recommendations from a campus task force on salary policies to fully fund the college’s classified staff salary schedule; use merit to determine classified staff raises in the future, and move 11 faculty to a baseline salary level. The Board’s approval is contingent upon availability of funds in the 2011-2012 budget.
Members of the Board elected
Miller to serve
as vice chair following Keith Burdette's resignation from the Board to become WV
Secretary of Commerce. Newly appointed board member Jamie Six was elected
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