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Board takes action on tuition
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The Board of Trustees today approved a 3.5 percent increase to tuition and general fees, and a 3.3 percent increase to the transportation fee.

The tuition increase – amounting to $318 per year for the average Akron student – will help ensure that the University continues to provide students with excellent academic programs and services.

The increase is in response to budget pressures due to significantly reduced state funding of nearly $30 million over two years. Further, the increase will enable investments into the priorities identified in the University's strategic plan, Vision 2020.

To help minimize the effect on students, the University will increase scholarship funding by 3.5 percent as well. In 2011-12, the University committed more than $37 million to scholarships.

For students who take between 12 and 16 credit hours, the University will continue to charge tuition for only 12 hours. Additional tuition is charged beyond 16 credit hours. That “cap” was revised upward (from 15 to 16) in 2009, after a study indicated that full-time students could complete 128 hours within eight terms on their way to graduation. Further, to help alleviate the financial burden on students, a study of the University's fee structure and scholarship offerings is underway.

The increases approved today are in line with tuition and fee adjustments at other Ohio public universities.

Board members also approved a tuition increase of 6.3 percent for law students.

Beer sales approved at stadium

The Board voted to modify the University's alcohol policy to allow the sale of beer in the main seating area of InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field, starting this fall.

After a comprehensive review of alcohol policies at other football stadiums, the Department of Athletics presented a plan that acknowledges the wishes of many football fans while managing alcohol consumption through strict guidelines for concession and distribution control. Full story.

Tenure and promotion for faculty

Congratulations to the 35 faculty members who received tenure or a promotion in rank or both, following a Board vote today.

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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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