April 6, 2010
WVU Parkersburg tuition to remain same for 2010-2011 academic year.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuition at West Virginia University at Parkersburg will remain the same for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Acknowledging WV Governor Joe Manchinís request that higher education tuition be frozen statewide for the coming year, the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors took no action Wednesday, April 7, to raise tuition.
Meeting at the college's Jackson County Center in Ripley, the Board took into account the governor's request as well as endorsement of the freeze by the WV Community and Technical College Council. WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage noted that the institution continues to have the lowest tuition for community college and baccalaureate education in the state and faces fiscal challenges in the future.
The Board of Governors approved several fees, including a new semester parking fee which takes effect July 1. A $20 fee will be assessed all students who use parking facilities on campus. President Gnage noted that the fee is expected to generate approximately $80,000 a semester which will be used to maintain parking lots and enhance campus safety on the lots.
Board member Keith Burdette added that the college will spend more on parking lot upkeep than what is generated by the fees. Board member and Student Government President Teresa Wamer said she felt the fee was very reasonable.
In other action, the Board approved recommendations by the college's Outcomes Assessment Committee regarding five-year program reviews for 2009-2010. The recommendations included continuing the Associate in Applied Science degree in Journalism at its current level with a follow up report in 2011. Also, it was recommended that the Associate of Arts be continued with no further action needed.
The Board heard a presentation regarding faculty's contributions to the institution by Lisa Flowers-Clements, Faculty Senate president. President Gnage also acknowledged a number of faculty, staff and students who have received honors in recent months. A reception for the honorees was held following the board meeting.