Regents to Set 2004-2005 Fees, Room and Board Rates

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 25, 2004 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider setting incidental fees and room and board rates for the 2004-2005 academic year when the Board meets Feb. 26.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom, when a swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for two new members of the Board. The Honorable David Dolan, circuit judge of the 33rd Judicial Circuit in Scott County, will issue the oath of office to Edward C. “Ned” Matthews III of Sikeston, Mo., and India Jeffery of St. Louis. Gov. Bob Holden appointed Matthews in January and Jeffery in December to serve on the Board. Matthews will serve until Jan. 1, 2009, and replaces Doyle Privett of Kennett, Mo., whose term on the Board expired. Jeffery, the new Student Regent on the Board, will serve until May 1, 2005. She replaces Laura Hockensmith, whose term as student regent on the Board expired.

The Regents will consider a proposal to increase incidental fees a net amount of $4 per credit hour for the 2004-2005 academic year. The proposal is with the understanding that if the net fiscal 2005 state appropriations are above the net fiscal 2004 state appropriations of $41.5 million, incidental fees will be appropriately reduced. The Regents also will consider a proposal to increase Web course fees by $3 per credit hour for courses beginning in fall 2004 and by an additional $3 per credit hour in fall 2005. Also to be considered is a proposal to transfer a $10 special course fee from the Foundation for Nursing Practice NS220 to Professional Practice: Clinical Skills NS181 beginning in fall 2004.

The Regents will consider approving a $14.05 million residence life budget for fiscal 2005, which includes a proposal to increase residence hall fees and board rates by 1 percent next year. The Board also will consider increasing rental rates for non-traditional housing by 1 percent for fiscal 2005.

In other action, the Regents will consider approving an off-campus specialist in educational administration degree and a master of arts in elementary/secondary education administration degree, and two options within the MBA Program, including financial management and industrial management. Also to be considered is a plan to refurbish and make minor renovations to the University Center, a refocused mission statement and set of priorities, and an engagement letter for the annual audit appointing KPMG LLP as the external auditor of the University for financial audits of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004.

The Regents will consider resolutions of honor for Laura Hockensmith, retiring student representative to the Board of Regents; the Southeast softball team, which posted the third highest cumulative team grade point average in the nation at 3.458; and the Southeast volleyball team, which won the 2002-2003 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. 

The Board will hear the President’s Report, which will include a report from  Hockensmith; Student Government President Adam Schaefer; and Faculty Senate. The President’s Report also will include a report on the Bridge to Success program, the spring 2004 four-week census and preliminary fall 2004 enrollment figures, a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects; and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Annual Report. Board members will receive a copy of the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum’s spring 2004 newsletter.

The Board will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations. When the open session reconvenes, the final item of business will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.