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Board action taken today regarding new downtown arena
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The University's Board of Trustees provided unanimous support today to an arrangement with Summit County, the City of Akron and the Development Finance Authority for the creation of a new downtown arena. Though details remain to be finalized, the Board of Trustees endorsed a preliminary term sheet that allows the community partners to move forward in the creation of a new arena.

The City of Akron and The University of Akron would be providing parcels of land owned or used by each entity located across the street from Canal Park. The University would have no financial obligations to contribute to the construction of the facility so the new arena would not increase the University's debt.

Under this arrangement, the University would receive a new home for the Zips basketball program. The new arena would also be the location for many other sporting and entertainment events.

The University's action, taken today, was required for the project to move forward.

In other Board action:

  • The Board approved a recommendation by President Luis M. Proenza to accept in full the recommendations of the Faculty Senate and its Academic Policies Committee on the suspension and continuation of academic programs and tracks that have been under review. The Report of the Academic Policies Committee to the Faculty Senate, identified 29 programs/tracks for suspension of admissions and eventual elimination; 20 programs/tracks for suspension of admissions with the expectation of revisions/additional resources that would be necessary to resume admissions; and 13 programs originally considered for suspension to be continued for the 2014-15 academic year.  Of the 29 programs/tracks for suspension and eventual elimination, the Faculty Senate recommended 7 programs/tracks that were not on the original list of 55 presented to the Board in February.  Students currently enrolled in programs recommended for suspension and eventual elimination, or for suspension of admissions, will still have an opportunity to complete their degree.  In addition, any students seeking admission to such programs will be advised immediately of the Board decision, and advisors will help them identify suitable alternatives at UA.  The Board, as per its resolution, also expects that faculty will revise curricula for programs identified as needing significant revisions in order to become viable.
  • The Board approved a 2% increase in tuition and the general service fee for undergraduate students enrolled on the main campus for the 2014-15 academic year. This will raise tuition per semester (for 12-16 credits) by $84.48 and general fees per semester by $8.40. The tuition/general service fee increase also applies to baccalaureate programs at Summit College.  

    There is no increase in tuition or the general service fee for associate degree-seeking students at Summit, and no increase in tuition/general service fees for undergraduates at the Medina or Wayne College campuses. Additionally, the Board approved a transportation fee increase of $10 per term for students at the main campus and Summit College.  Board members also approved a 6% increase in room rates and a 2% to 5% increase in meal plan rates.
  • Wilson Huhn of the School of Law and Dr. Lu-Kwang Ju of the College of Engineering were awarded the rank of distinguished professor, and 42 other faculty members received tenure or promotion. See the list.
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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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