Board Sets Housing and Dining Rates
NMU Board of Trustees today approved student housing and dining
rates for 2005-06. The trustees will not set tuition until some
time this summer, when administrators have a better handle on the
state economic outlook. Because of the uncertainty, the board also
authorized the university to continue operating at a budget level
no greater than in 2004-05 until the new general fund budget is
cost of a standard double-occupancy residence hall room and the
Constant Meal Pass program will be $6,312 beginning this fall. That
is an increase of $300 from the 2004-05 rate. NMU will continue
to rank 9th out of Michigan's 15 public universities in annual room
and board costs.
discussions at the meeting provided trustees with updates on enrollment,
the Superior Edge and Internationalization initiatives, the budget
and legislative process, and the academic role of WNMU-TV. With
regard to the latter, the board agreed to hear a final report and
recommendation on the fiscal and programming future of the public
television station at its October meeting. Because Northern's fiscal
year ends June 30, this means annual general fund support for Public
TV 13 will continue at $200,000 until a decision is made.
anxious to have this finalized," said Eric Smith, director
of broadcast and audio-visual services at NMU. "But our television
fundraising is at the point it needs to be. We have $30,000 left
to raise between now and June 30. I have no doubt that we will be
able to meet, and probably, exceed that amount."
state appropriations process was described by David Haynes
(Government Relations) as "way behind schedule, with
some saying that the final bill may not go to the governor until
September." President Les Wong said Northern
is not waiting to hear what the final outcome will be. He told trustees
the university has started discussions in anticipation of a budget
shortfall ranging from about $2.4 million to nearly $2.9 million,
depending on potential scenarios.
have started discussions and are aggressively working to develop
models for reduction strategies and resource allocation," Wong
added. "This will include a review of items that were on the
table in the past but not implemented."
will testify at a Senate hearing May 13 in Midland. The state revenue
estimating conference is scheduled May 19.
other action, the board:
the addition of two academic majors. Forensic biochemistry will
be offered in the fall of 2006, pending state approval. Its implementation
is motivated by high student demand, the increased importance of
forensic science evidence in court cases, a growing interest in
the field as reflected by the popularity of related television shows,
and the success of similar programs at other institutions. A dual
accounting/financial planning program will be added in the fall
of 2005. It is a combination of the accounting and financial planning
baccalaureate programs already available at NMU, and will be comprised
of 150 credit hours – the amount needed to take the Michigan CPA
and CFP exams;
more than $59,000 in gifts and nearly $1.6 million in external grants;
the purchase of property and structures at 1502 Presque Isle Ave.
the charters for Burton Glen Charter School Academy and Walton Charter
School Academy through June 30, 2008, and for Nah Tah Wahsh Charter
School Academy through June 30, 2006; and
to name the Art and Design North Building and its recent addition
simply "Art and Design"; and
the appointments of trustees Alan Ackerman, Larry Inman and Jon
LaSalle as ex officio members of the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees
for Calendar Year 2005.