Shepherd University tuition hike gets OK

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Tuition at Shepherd University will increase by $140 a semester for in-state students and increase even more for out-of-state students, following a vote last week by the university’s Board of Governors.

At its April 19 meeting, the board voted to increase tuition for in-state students approved a tuition increase of $140 for in-state students, to $2,917 per semester, and of $338 for out-of-state students, to $7,568 per semester.

In additon, In-state graduate tuition will increase by $16 to $351 per credit and out-of-state graduate tuition will increase by $23 to $498 per credit, following the board’s action.

Fees for traditional residence hall rooms will increase by $111, to $2,327 per semester; suite-style rooms by $128, to $2,679 per semester; and apartment-style housing by $139, to $2,925 per semester.

Dining plans per semester will increase by two percent, to $1,885 for the basic  plan (19 meals per week), $1,855 for the flex plan; $1,815 for the upperclass plan; and $2,100 for the block plan.

In other matters, associate professor of history,

Robert Parkinson, was presented to the board of governors as the first endowed chair. Parkinson was named to the Ray and Madeline Johnston Chair of American History.

Eugene Volker, professor of chemistry, was recognized on his retirement. He was awarded the title professor emeritus of chemistry in recognition of his 43 years of service to Shepherd University.

The board also approved program reviews for accounting; business administration; chemistry; health, physical education, recreation, and sport; and environmental and physical sciences, and adopted the institutional recommendations that each program be continued at the current level of activity.

President Suzanne Shipley presented her vision to locate a Shepherd center in Martinsburg by the summer of 2013. Courses for adult undergraduate and graduate students at convenient times and locations are part of the outreach plan.

A working group will develop a business model this summer.

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