Ferris trustees to set 2011-12 tuition, housing, dining fees

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University will set its 2011-12 budget, including tuition, housing and dining prices, at a board meeting on Wednesday.

Following meetings by the finance and academic affairs/student affairs committees, the regular Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 11 a.m. in the Holiday Inn Conference Center.

Higher education institutions will receive 22 percent less state funding for the 2011-12 year. Universities that keep their tuition increases below 7 percent will qualify for a reduced cut of 15 percent, which is still the highest reduction in state history.

President Dave Eisler pledged Ferris will stay within the constraints on a tuition increase. The board will finalize his promise at the meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board will approve the addition of two degree programs and the closure of one.

Ferris would like to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Collaborative Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Medical Illustration. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture will be closed.

The board will discuss the university wellness plan, a change in the board-approved contracting policy and contracts for several charter schools.

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