Feb. 3, 2011

Regents to discuss 2011-12 tuition and student fees at Thursday meeting

by Anne Krapfl

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Live audio streaming of all open sessions of the meeting will be available at the board website.

The state Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Thursday, Feb. 3, in Iowa City. An interactive meeting agenda is online. Following a closed session to discuss a collective bargaining issue, the public meeting will begin around 9 a.m.

Board members will have their first discussion of a proposed tuition and fee increase for the 2011-12 year. The proposal would increase tuition for Iowa residents (undergraduates and graduates) 5 percent and nonresident students 3.5 percent. A proposed 20 percent increase in mandatory student fees (from $895 to $1,078 per student, per year) primarily is to begin to pay the debt on the new recreation facility that opens in August. The board won't make a decision on tuition and fees until its March 23 meeting. For the first time, any proposed increases in non-tuition-related student fees for next year also will be reviewed at this meeting. In the past, the so-called "miscellaneous fees" were presented to the board for approval later in the spring.

During ISU-specific items on the agenda, vice president for business and finance Warren Madden will provide another update on reconstruction and mitigation efforts following flooding on campus last August. University Professor of economics Peter Orazem will present the results of an ISU alumni career survey (graduating classes of 1986 to 2006) that focuses on entrepreneurship, job creation and factors that increase the probability of each.

Iowa State also will seek final permission to proceed with renovating the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system for the Laboratory Animal Resources central facility within the College of Veterinary Medicine building. As proposed, 99 percent of the $4.4 million price tag would be covered by ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds via a grant from the National Institutes of Health; the office of the vice president for research and economic development would provide the rest.