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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:09 pm 
The Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University voted to pass a modest increase in tuition for the upcoming academic year, a vote that all Board members verbally indicated were reluctant to approve.

Tuition for undergraduate, in-state students will increase by $7.79 per credit hour, while student fees will decrease by $1.12 per credit hour, equivalent to a 2.71% increase in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

With the new tuition and fee schedule, full-time, New Mexico resident students will pay $3,412.13 per semester, leaving cost of attending WNMU among the lowest in the country.

The Board of Regents also approved a continuum of the existing Tuition Guarantee program which allows full time students earning a 2.0 grade point average a set tuition schedule for eight semesters.

In addition to voting on tuition, board members also approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

“This budget is about looking towards the future,” said Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU President. “We’re going to continue on the path of tightening our belts.”

Budget saving measures include the shifting of three learning centers located in Gallup, Truth or Consequences, and Lordsburg, to an inactive status. In recent years, the centers were experiencing lower face-to-face enrollment, while enrollment in online programs increased.

“We care deeply about this university and we care about its future,” said Dr. Dan Salzwedel, Regent President. “We want to sustain it at a high level.

The next Regents meeting is scheduled for May 11 in Silver City.

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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:13 pm 
I don't see why the Regents were "reluctant" to approve this increase in tuition and fees, they voted to increase tuition and fees every year since President Shepard took over.

Western may be one of the less expensive schools in the country but so are all the schools in New Mexico because the state is generous in the amount they provide in support of the state schools. But of the schools in New Mexico, Western is the most expensive. So claiming to be less expensive in the country, in no way implies that Western is well managed.

 Author: curious2
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:29 am 
Silver City Daily press reported that WNMU will be closing down the Gallup, Lordsburg, and the T or C. sites. There was a brief mention about what happens to the people who work there. It was not clear, but the report implied that WNMU will find jobs for those employees on Main Campus in Silver City. How practical is it for WNMU to do that, and how many employees will be affected by this?

 Author: crow
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:27 pm 
Yes, the press release above mentions the closing of 3 remote campuses. Weather the professors come here remains to be seen, right now there is no State Budget and no money allocated to any of the universities.

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