RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ / Richmond Register) – A multitude of topics were covered at the first in-person Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) board meeting since the pandemic.
According to Register Richmond, the council passed a 2% tuition increase as well as a 2% increase in student accommodation and a 1.2% increase in catering rates. Two fees, the Student Health Fee and the Eastern Experience Fee, were also approved.
Part of the budget will be devoted to recurring adjustments to the base salary. With the exception of the President’s office and those with an employment contract, all full-time faculty and staff who were on the payroll as of January 1 will receive a base salary bonus of $ 1,000 to from July.
Athletics Director Matt Roan announced the athletics department’s 19th consecutive semester with a GPA above 3.0. The baseball program has recorded its highest revenue this season since 2017, and football ticket sales are expected to exceed their goal of $ 100,000. Campus Recreation has also resumed normal activities. Roan also spoke about the ASUN launch event on Thursday, July 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richmond Center. Similarly, the club’s hockey team will be relocating to the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Student engagement was also discussed during the meeting. Vice President for Student Success, Engagement and Opportunities Tanlee Wasson said more than 2,000 students have registered for the fall 2021 orientation between their in-person and virtual options. Online enrollment is said to have increased by more than 10% and graduate enrollment by more than 11%.
Wasson and Loni Yost, director of student life and freshman experience, spoke of their enthusiasm for the events planned for the next academic year. These will include the Big E Welcome, a Powell Palooza and many events planned to attract more student engagement.
Student Government Association (SGA) President Eyouel Mekonnen gave his latest update to the board and said the SGA’s spring election had one of the highest voter turnouts. He was recognized for his service and dedication. Jenna Grace Smith, the newly elected president of the SGA, was sworn in to the board as student regent.
President McFaddin also provided an update on ongoing dean research for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Justice and Safety.
Other listings included:
• The board officially confirmed and awarded the diplomas to applicants who have met the diploma requirements for spring 2021 and summer 2021.
• A university certificate in banking and financial services has been approved by the board. This certificate is designed to provide a key understanding of the fundamental concepts of personal finance, banking, investing, financial planning, valuation, and analysis.
• Two programs have been approved for suspension. The Masters in Personnel Services in Higher Education and the Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Systems program have been suspended due to low enrollment.
• The board approved the reinstatement of the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (Education) program.
• Five revised university policies were approved by the board. The Policy and Regulations Policy, Intellectual Property Policy, Curriculum Policy, Dropout or Withdrawal Policy, and Nepotism and Romantic Relationships policy have been updated.
• All policies, with the exception of the Policy and By-Laws Policy, were posted for 14 days for public comment.
• The regents adopted an annual operating budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The total adopted operating budget was $ 379,541,560. A revenue budget of $ 144,037,554 has been established for tuition and class fees. A bond resolution of $ 25,430,000 was approved by the Board of Directors. These funds will be used to renovate the residences. “As we think about the next normal, I don’t expect us to just go back to who we were and what we did in 2019. If we don’t improve, if we don’t improve, so we don’t improve. moving forward, ”McFaddin said.
• Bethany Miller, Senior Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Research, proposed a ‘one-stop-shop’ plan that would allow students to get help with everything related to enrollment, deductions, files, help financial, billing or any other help they may need. Miller asked the board of directors for $ 50,000 to establish a location in Whitlock and Lower Powell. Streamlined services and versatile trained staff will help meet a variety of student needs at both locations. An improved website and kiosks will enable intuitive self-service and online discussions to ensure students get the help they need. The proposal was adopted by the board of directors with a single no from the regent Juan Castro.
• Tim Ross, president and professor of applied engineering and technology, and Ethan Witt, assistant vice president, government and community relations, have been appointed by the board to represent the university on the Madison County Airport Board. .