Regents Approve New Fee Schedule for Fall 2004

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 27, 2004 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new incidental fee schedule to take effect with the fall 2004 semester.

Under the approved plan, incidental fees will increase $4 per credit hour for all students. Resident undergraduates currently pay $147.80 per credit hour. Under the new schedule, the rates will be $151.80 per credit hour for resident undergraduates; $271.30 per credit hour for non-resident undergraduates; $179.20 per credit hour for resident graduate students; and $323.10 per credit hour for non-resident graduate students.

The Regents approved the increase with the understanding that if the University’s net fiscal 2005 state appropriations are above the net fiscal 2004 $41.52 million state appropriation, incidental fees will be reduced appropriately.

Dr. Ivy Locke, vice president for business and finance, said Gov. Bob Holden recommended on Jan. 21 a $2.46 million increase in the University’s state funding from fiscal 2004. She added that since Holden’s proposed budget is contingent upon $.5 billion of additional tax revenues and the Missouri House of Representatives introduced the fiscal 2005 higher education budget using the net fiscal 2004 appropriations level, the University’s Budget Review Committee used the fiscal 2004 appropriations level rather than the governor’s recommendation when drafting the fee schedule.

She added, “If the appropriations are more than the fiscal 2004 level, we recommend that the proposed incidental fees be reduced appropriately.”

General fees for the 2004-2005 school year will remain the same at $10.70 per credit hour. Based on the new incidental fee increase and the general fee, total required fees per credit hour will be $162.50 for Missouri undergraduates; $282 for non-resident undergraduates; $189.90 for resident graduate students; and $333.80 for non-resident graduate students.

In related action, the Regents approved a $3 per credit hour increase in Web courses beginning in fall 2004 and by an additional $3 per credit hour in fall 2005. The revenue will be used to maintain and enhance support to Web instruction.

In June 2002, the Board of Regents approved a $4 per credit hour fee for off-campus courses, including Web courses.

“Web courses continue to show tremendous growth, especially during the summer,” Locke said.

In summer 2001, the schedule included 14 Web courses. In summer 2004, it is expected that 145 Web courses will be offered via the Internet.

 “This represents a 1,036 percent growth rate,” she said. The fall 2000 schedule included 19 Web courses, and the fall 2003 schedule included 95 Web courses for a 500 percent growth rate.

“This growth has been supported with no staff increase for faculty training, monitoring course quality and maintenance of instructional technologies,” Locke said.

This fee will generate about $47,000 in fiscal 2005 and $95,000 in fiscal 2006 and subsequent years to provide much needed funding for the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning which maintains and provides support for Web instruction.

In another related item, the Board today approved the transfer of a special $10 course fee from NS220 “Foundation for Nursing Practice” to NS181 “Professional Practice: Clinical Skills” beginning with the fall 2004 semester. The funds will be used to buy items such as gloves, syringes and tubes.

Locke said special course fees are requested by departments to cover the cost of consumable supplies or other expenses unique to a course. This does not constitute a new fee but, rather, from one course to the substitution.