Board of Regents Meeting Update
In an effort to keep you up to date on actions taken by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents that pertain to Tarleton, here’s a recap of the meeting that concluded today (Thursday).
Tuition and fees:
The board approved new, increased and decreased tuition and fees, including guaranteed tuition and fee rates.
The board approved a graduate tuition fee increase from $30/SCH to $50/SCH rate. Tarleton has set ambitious targets in the strategic planning process to increase graduate enrollment from 1,375 to 4,000 by the year 2020. The program mix for graduate degrees is being addressed with approvals and proposals for seven new masters and three doctoral degrees. All funds generated by the fee increase will be utilized solely to enhance the graduate experience of students at all Tarleton sites and as well as online.
The board also approved guaranteed tuition rates for undergraduates. This provides predictability for students and their families and locks in their expected charges for the expected length of the academic programs if the students graduate on time, and simplifies the overall tuition and fee structure for students and parents. Also, 17 separate fees were collapsed into the University Services Fee in order to simplify accounting and management across various university operations. That move is revenue neutral.
In addition, differential designated tuition charge was approved to replace College Enhancement Fees currently charged by each individual college at Tarleton.
Finally, the board of regents approved an increase to parking fees for faculty, staff and students to $75 a year.
The board of regents approved our request to add three new degree programs: a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; a master of accounting degree; and a master of public administration degree, along with the authorization to request approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The board authorized Tarleton’s FY 2015 operating budget of $155.9 million. I want to recognize and thank Tye Minckler, the Budget Advisory Council and the Division of Finance and Administration for their hard work and diligence in producing this budget.
The renovation of Memorial Stadium was added to the capital plan.
Faculty and Staff
The board approved the granting of faculty development leave for Dr. Russell Pfau for spring 2015. Dr. Pfau will spend the majority of his leave attending training at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville, studying genetic sequencing technologies.
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Nathan Heller of the College of Business Administration and Dr. Gary Westbrook from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, both of whom were granted tenure by the Board.
The board also conferred on Dr. Gary Peer, former provost, the title of Provost Emeritus of Tarleton State University. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Peer on this significant achievement and his years of service to the university.
As president, I want to thank all of you for your efforts to enhance the success of our students.
F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.