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Board approves tuition-and-fee rates for next academic year
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In a busy session earlier today, members of the University’s Board of Trustees approved:

  • a proposal to hold undergraduate tuition and fees flat for the next academic year;
  • a 5.7 percent increase in room rates and a slight increase in select meal plans; and
  • an increase in graduate tuition between 4.5 and 6.6 percent, and law tuition between 6 and 12 percent.

The Board also approved recommendations to award promotions or tenure or both to 42 faculty members. Among the promotions are four new distinguished professors:

  • Mr. Andrew Borowiec, distinguished professor of art
  • Dr. Mukerrem Cakmak, distinguished professor of polymer engineering
  • Dr. Walter Hixson, distinguished professor of history
  • Dr. Wiley Youngs, distinguished professor of chemistry

Undergraduate tuition held flat

In keeping with the governor’s proposed budget, which proposes a continuation of the arrangement in which universities hold undergraduate tuition flat in exchange for state support, there will be no increases in undergraduate tuition or mandatory fees for the next academic year.

In addition, course fees for undergraduates will be held flat and some may be reduced. The administration has asked the deans to submit potential course-fee reductions and eliminations in the coming weeks. 

Room rates will increase 5.7 percent, owing to the need to make capital improvements to the residence halls so that they remain comfortable and conducive to student learning and development. There will be no increase for students living in Garson Hall, one of UA’s older halls.

As for meal plans, the cost of the most popular option — the Gold Plan — will not change next year. Lesser-used plans will increase between 2.1 and 2.9 percent, an amount considerably less than the 5.5 percent increase seen in the food-only Consumer Price Index in 2007-08.

In addition, new meal plans are being introduced for commuter students only. They can purchase plans that provide three meals a week or five meals a week at either the newly remodeled Rob’s Café or Trackside Grill in Quaker Square. There’s also a plan for 50 meals over a semester. Pricing is considerably less than the door rate.

Changes for graduate students and law students

Graduate tuition and fees will increase between 4.5 and 6.6 percent, based on the program. Specifically, tuition for:

  • CBA graduate courses will increase 5.8 percent;
  • nursing anesthesia graduate program will increase 4.5 percent; and
  • all other graduate courses will increase 6.6 percent.

The graduate service fee will increase 7.1 percent, and the facilities fee will be adjusted to bring it in line with the undergraduate rate.

Generally, tuition at the School of Law will increase 6 percent for continuing students and 12 percent for new students. The general service fee will increase 6.1 percent for law students.

Even with these increases, the cost of UA’s graduate and law programs will remain at or below the market average.

UA will reduce the out-of-state surcharge to $1 per credit hour for degree and certificate programs that will be offered online only. The first two programs, which have yet to launch, are:

  • a master of science in postsecondary technical education, College of Education, and
  • a certificate in the essentials of gerontological nursing, College of Nursing.
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Reminder: Don't leave laptops and textbooks unattended
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It seems that every finals week here and at other universities, there's an uptick in the number of reported thefts of laptops and textbooks. Please don't leave these items unattended, even for only a minute.

If our police can ever be of service to you, call 330-972-2911. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
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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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