Board of Trustees to set tuition rates, vote on updated strategic plan at Thursday meeting


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President George Ross delivers the Report of the University President to the Board of Trustees on April 27 in the Bovee University Center.

Central Michigan University's Board of Trustees will set tuition rates, approve the university's operating budget and consider an update to CMU's strategic plan at its formal meeting on Thursday.

The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the Lake Superior Room of the Bovee University Center.  

Trustees will approve the 2017-18 undergraduate and graduate tuition rates. The university would not disclose what the proposed rates are prior to the meeting, said Heather Smith, director of university communications. 

The board also will approve the nearly $485 million 2017-18 operating budget. The proposed budget is a 1.5 percent decrease from the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30. 

Provost Michael Gealt and Academic Senate Chair Melinda Kreth lead a team that was charged with updating CMU's strategic plan, "Advancing Excellence." That plan was originally developed in 2012. The board will consider input from the team before voting on changes to the plan. 

A resolution on the agenda, if approved, would chance the name of the Department of Geography to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Three committee meetings will be held on Wednesday before the formal session Thursday. Highlights of the committee meetings include:

  • Academic and Student Affairs – 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Discussion will focus on academic quality, including accreditation processes and control points, certificates versus degrees, and top majors.
  • Finance and Facilities — 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. — An updated 10-year capital plan will be presented and a proposal to contract for planning, design, construction, equipping and furnishing the new Center for Integrated Health Studies will be discussed. Construction of the $26.4 million project, which will be 75 percent funded by the state, is expected to begin next March and be completed in July 2019.
  • Policy and Bylaws — 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Discussion items include deletion of the Development Board bylaws, revisions to the Board of Trustees bylaws, and enrollment count date policy and traffic ordinance amendments.

The formal session and the committee meetings are open to the public.

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