The WKU Board of Regents today (April 24) approved a 3.1 percent increase in resident undergraduate tuition for 2015-16.
Resident undergraduate tuition will increase $171 per semester to $4,741. Nonresident undergraduate tuition will increase $390 per semester to $12,066. The tuition and fee schedule, which includes an approximately 3 percent increase in Student Athletic and Student Centers fees, will be presented to the Council on Postsecondary Education in June.
The schedule also includes a new $30 per semester student fee to fund construction of a new parking structure on the Creason Parking Lot. The fee was requested by the Student Government Association and approved by Regents. It will also be presented to CPE for approval.
Regents also approved the purchase of property at 1840 Russellville Road for $340,000. A parking lot there will help address both short-term parking needs and provide a range of additional long-term options that includes future commuter/housing satellite parking, bus parking for events, overflow and athletic events parking.
The Board also approved stand-alone bachelor’s degree programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. In 2000, joint programs were approved with the University of Louisville (electrical) and the University of Kentucky (mechanical and civil). Following a recent Attorney General Opinion, WKU requested approval from the Council on Postsecondary Education to grant the degrees on its own authority.
After spring commencement, more than 600 engineers will have graduated from the three WKU programs and more than 650 are currently enrolled.
In other business, the Board:
- Approved emeriti status for Dr. Ric Keaster in Educational Administration, Leadership and Research; Bart White in the School of Journalism and Broadcasting; Dr. Mitzi Groom in Music; and Dr. Barry Brunson in Mathematics;
- Approved graduate certificates in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Intercollegiate Athletic Administration;
- Approved an undergraduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Patient Navigator;
- Approved minors in Neuroscience and Clinical and Community Behavioral Health;
- Heard a report on spring enrollment. Total enrollment for spring 2015 is 18,560, down 13 from spring 2014.
Contact: Bob Skipper, (270) 745-4295