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Board of Regents Meeting Update

11-12-2015

Colleagues,

Today the Board of Regents approved the university’s proposed new fee structure for next year, as well as several other measures.

 Tuition and fees for incoming freshmen will increase 2.2 percent for students choosing a variable rate plan and 5.6 percent for students choosing a guaranteed rate plan. The University Services Fee also will increase $5 per credit hour to support increased advising and student success initiatives. This enhances our continuing commitment to improving student retention and graduation in line with the 2020 Strategic Plan.

With this funding, we will initiate and support a number of programmatic efforts, including expanding our support for veterans’ services, our applied learning experiences, and our living and learning communities.  We will implement the Student Success Collaborative and create a Center for Entrepreneurship as an applied learning experience.  The funds also will support such initiatives as the revitalized Corps of Cadets, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Academy for Math Education and the Medical Laboratory Sciences program, as well as expanding programs in Engineering and in Health Sciences and Human Services.

For courses in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, an additional $1 per credit hour was approved to expand the digital media studies program, the experiential learning media convergence laboratory and distinctive music programs.

The Board approved eliminating on-line course fees as a separate cost and collapsing them into the University Services Fees and college differentials.  Also eliminated is the property deposit charged to entering freshmen.  Application fees will increase from $30 to $45.

The net from all of this is that we will remain in the middle of the System’s regional universities for overall cost of attendance.

I am grateful that the Board approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), authorizing us to request final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  The GIS program will educate geographers in capturing, analyzing and managing geographic data.  Courses in the program also will benefit students in agriculture, business, criminal justice, wildlife science, geology, engineering, sociology and environmental science, among other areas.  GIS is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in Texas during the next several years.  Within four years, we expect to have 50 students majoring in the program.

In other action, the Board confirmed the appointment and commissioning of James Cooley and Malinda Spence as peace officers at Tarleton.

We greatly appreciate the support of the Board of Regents in our efforts to achieve our vision as the premier student-focused university in Texas and beyond.

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.
President