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Kent State Sets 2014-15 Tuition

Posted Jun. 9, 2014

To enable Kent State University to continue its multifaceted efforts to provide students with a high-caliber educational experience, the Kent State Board of Trustees on May 28 increased tuition by 2 percent for undergraduate and graduate students on the university’s eight campuses. The increase, which is in keeping with a state-mandated limit on full-time, in-state undergraduate tuition increases for the 2014-15 academic year, is expected to leave Kent State’s tuition ranked in the middle of Ohio’s 13 public universities.

Effective Fall Semester 2014, undergraduate tuition for students at the Kent Campus will increase $98 per semester (from $4,908 to $5,006). Graduate tuition will increase $104 per semester (from $5,222 to $5,326).

Trustees noted that more than half of the new tuition revenue will be allocated to increases for student scholarships.

The Board also authorized changes in a variety of course fees and other student fees. The changes include both the elimination of fees (e.g., 17 fees in the College of Nursing were eliminated) and fee increases (e.g., the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology increased 11 fees related to its helicopter-training program).

Board Approves University Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

Commending the university’s leadership for continuing to demonstrate responsible and strategic management, the Kent State Board of Trustees approved a $648 million ($648,100,738) operating budget for the university’s eight-campus system for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015). Priorities addressed in the budget include additional investments in student financial aid; costs associated with contract agreements with employees represented by bargaining units; compensation increases for unrepresented employees; anticipated increases in health-insurance costs for employees; investments in facilities repairs and improvements; support for library collections; and support for international programs.

Approval of Kent State Complete College Ohio Plan

As part of a state and institutional commitment to increasing the number of Ohioans with college degrees, the Kent State Board of Trustees approved the Kent State University Complete College Ohio Campus Completion Plan.

The plan is required by the Complete College Ohio Act, which was passed by the Ohio Legislature a year ago and which includes a core recommendation that all public institutions of higher learning in Ohio develop and implement institution-specific action plans. The 130th Ohio General Assembly subsequently passed Amended Substitute House Bill 59, which requires that the board of trustees of each higher-education institution adopt an institution-specific strategic completion plan designed to increase the number of degrees and certificates awarded to students.

Kent State’s Campus Completion Plan details the university’s mission, student body profile, barriers to persistence and completion, completion goals and strategies, and workforce-development priorities and student success. It was developed in consultation with the President’s Cabinet, Kent and Regional campus deans, the Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee, and the University Retention Task Force.

Board Honors Service of President Lefton, Bestows “President Emeritus” Status

The Kent State Board of Trustees was unanimous in passing a resolution of appreciation that recognizes Kent State President Lester A. Lefton’s eight years of “extraordinary contributions to Kent State, Northeast Ohio and the field of higher education.” The Board also awarded him the title “president emeritus,” effective July 1, 2014. Lefton, Kent State’s 11th president, will retire as president on June 30.

The resolution commends Lefton for his deep commitment to excellence in academics and all aspects of university operations and points to a leadership legacy that includes “increasing student retention and graduation; setting new records in enrollment and fundraising; elevating the university’s academic strengths and standing; completing the successful Centennial Campaign; increasing Kent State’s international presence; and modernizing facilities to meet the aspirations of our students and their families through the historic 'Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future' initiative.” The Board also noted Lefton’s key role in the award-winning transformation of downtown Kent, noting that “he has forged a new era of town-gown collaboration, remaking Kent as one of America’s best college towns and physically connecting a vibrant campus with a newly vibrant city.”

Click here to see additional board actions taken by the Kent State University Board of Trustees on May 28.