April 4, 2007 (Special Meeting)
BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
April 4, 2007
Members Present: Dr. Louis Aikens, Mr. John Shott, Ms. Gloria Stephens, Mr. Larry Morhous, Mr. Norris Kantor, Mr. Jeffrey Forlines, The Reverend James Palmer III, Dr. Lyn Guy, Mr. Daniel Frost, Mr. Kevin Pruitt, Dr. Norman Mirsky
Members Absent: Ms. Anne Crowe
Guests/Staff: Dr. Albert Walker, Ms. Anita Barilla, Mr. John Cardwell, Mr. Jim Nelson, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Dr. Tracey Anderson, Ms. Dedriell Taylor, Ms. Karen Harvey, Mr. Fred Hardee, Ms. Carol Baldwin, Ms. Lisa Neel, Ms. Joan Buchanan, Ms. Michele Noe, Mr. Tom Harrison
Call to Order
Chairman Norris Kantor called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. in the Bluefield State College Conley Hall Conference Room and informed the group that the reason for the special meeting was to discuss the tuition and fees proposal which must be submitted to HEPC by April 9, 2007. He informed the group that pay increases would not be discussed until a later date because of a lack of information from HEPC at this time.
Financial and Administrative Affairs – Ms. Shelia Johnson
Ms. Johnson distributed the updated tuition and fees proposals information and reviewed the changes that were made in the material distributed earlier to the BOG. She explained that a $20 per credit hour ITV instructional fee has been added. Ms. Johnson informed the group that the discussion on pay raises will be deferred until the April BOG meeting because only verbal guidance has been provided from HEPC but nothing has been received in writing.
Ms. Johnson reviewed the proposed tuition and fees increases and the reasons for the various increases. Fees have been raised 84% over the last ten years but BSC continues to charge the lowest amount of any of the four year public institutions in West Virginia. The recommended regular tuition and fee increases were in-state of 9.21%, out-of-state of 5.15%, and metro rate of 4.48%. Special fee increases of $15 per credit hour of community college baccalaureate enhancement fee and BS Nursing, upper level courses; reduction of the BS Nursing programmatic fee of $60 and Kentucky web courses of $35; and implementation of a new ITV instructional television (PBS) fee of $20. Discussion followed.
Ms. Johnson reviewed the various increases expected for the coming year including faculty promotions (10% per rank), utility increases, salary increases, technology, and Beckley Higher Education center costs. She discussed the capital fee which supports renovations to buildings, building equipment, and ground maintenance. This fee has remained at $175 per semester for many years. The recommendation is to increase this fee by $50. Discussion followed.
Motion was made (LMorhous/JShott) to accept the tuition and fees proposal as written. Motion carried with one “no” vote (KPruitt) and one member to abstain (DFrost). Motion was made (DFrost/KPruitt) to table the discussion on salary increases until the regular April 19, 2007 Board of Governors meeting by which time the guidelines should have been received from HEPC. Motion carried.
Executive Session (If Needed)
Motion was made (DFrost/KPruitt) to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter. The group entered executive session at 2:15 p.m.
Motion was made (LMorhous/DFrost) to return to regular session at 2:40 p.m.
Mr. Shott commented that he felt the proposed tuition and fees increase request should be accompanied by language that explains that the Board’s proposed increase reflects the need to offset the institution’s loss of Title III funds resulting from a consequence of SB 448. Thus, he noted, the Board has been placed in a position of, regrettably, seeking a 9.2% tuition and fees increase to counterbalance the loss of Title III revenue.
With no further business to discuss, motion was made (DFrost/KPruitt) to adjourn the meeting at 2:50 p.m.