Meeting Friday (Feb. 9) on campus, West Virginia University’s Board of Advisors unanimously approved a tuition and fee proposal for 2001-2002 that will ensure a”balanced, high-quality, first-class university that remains one of the best bargains in higher education in the country,”according to finance committee chair T. Joseph Lopez.

The proposal, consistent with WVU ’s new six-year Campus Compact to address important state initiatives, includes a $25 library fee to enhance information resources and services for students. The proposal now goes before the Higher Education Interim Governing Board.

In today’s technological and competitive world, these fees are”essential,”board members agreed, citing learning centers, computer labs, new buildings and institutes as giving WVU students a”competitive edge”over peer institutions and regional colleges and universities.

Under the proposed schedule, tuition and fees would total $1,499 for in-state undergraduates and $4,401 for out-of-state undergraduates next year. For undergraduates, the changes would represent an $81 increase for in-state students and a $220 increase for out-of-state studentsincreases of 5.71 percent and 5.26 percent, respectively.

Graduate tuition and fees would total $1,587 for in-state studentsup $85, or 5.66 percent, from this yearand $4,553 for out-of-state students, an increase of $233, or 5.39 percent.

In addition to the library fee, the totals include a $90 recreation fee the student body approved by referendum vote in 1997; it will take effect when the University’s new state-of-the-art student recreation center opens, probably Summer Session II.

Program fees for students in business and economics, engineering and law will also increase slightly. Health sciences fees, which vary by program and level, will also increase by 5-6 percent. An exception is the non-traditional pharmacy doctoral program; fee increases will be higher for this program because the University of Kentucky provides some of the instruction.

Students in the Executive Master of Business Administration program will pay a new fee of $1,755 for residents and $2,538 for non-residents. This will bring the total cost of completing the EMBA program to $15,750. The national average cost for an EMBA program is $34,600, Lopez pointed out, calling WVU ’s program”a true bargain.”

Most EMBA students receive full or partial tuition subsidies from their employers, Provost Gerald Lang noted, and a portion of the increased income will be used to provide financial aid to those students who don’t receive help from their employers. In the plan, residence hall rates will increase by 3.5 percent.

In most cases, tuition and fee increases at WVU ’s regional campuses will be between 3 and 6 percent. Fees for students in four-year degree programs at WVU Parkersburg will increase more significantlyby $241.80 for in-state students and $333 for out-of-state students.