The BGSU Board of Trustees closed out the fiscal year at its June 25 meeting with action on numerous budget and academic issues.
The board adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year 2011 aimed at addressing key BGSU priorities. Approved were educational and general budgets of $283,652,614 for the Bowling Green campus and $15,024,342 for the BGSU Firelands campus.
The approved budget provides funding for salary increases and additional course sections that may be necessitated by additional fall enrollments.
The trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in undergraduate in-state tuition and general fees for both the Bowling Green and BGSU Firelands campuses. For main campus students, this means an additional $164 a semester; Firelands students will pay $77 more.
General fees will also increase by 3.5 percent for out-of-state undergraduates, in- and out-of-state graduate students, and the teacher cohort programs.
The cost in tuition and fees for a full-time, in-state undergraduate this fall will be $4,852 per semester, or $9,704 per year. At Firelands, the sum is $2,256 per semester, or $4,512 per year plus registration fees.
The state did not allow tuition increases in fiscal years 2008 and 2009. Ohio’s biennial budget allows tuition and fee increases of up to 3.5 percent for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. BGSU did not raise general fees last fall (2009) but did this spring.
The 3.5 percent increases are expected to generate about $2.5 million in revenue, with another boost coming from the expected additional enrollment of nearly 600 students. This will help offset the decrease in of $8.5 million (9.5 percent) in State Share of Instruction BGSU will receive in fiscal year 2011.
Other approved budgets include general fee and related auxiliary budgets with total expenditures of $31,883,543; miscellaneous auxiliary budgets with total expenditures of $12,718,903; residence hall budgets with total expenditures of $28,955,640, and the dining hall budget with total expenditures of $20,338,910.
Faculty and staff salaries
The board approved salary pools of 1 percent for staff raises and 2.5 percent for faculty raises. No across-the-board raises were approved; individual increases will be based on merit. Another pool of funds was also approved for faculty salary market adjustments, tenure and promotion, stipend increases and associated benefits.
The salary budget represents $2.36 million in increases. An additional $481,000 was approved for faculty to teach for the extra course sections required by the growth in enrollment.
It has not been decided yet how the pool for individual faculty merit increases and market adjustments will be meted out. The administration will be seeking input from advisory groups.
Residence hall changes
The boost in enrollment has necessitated other changes. For the first time in several years, BGSU will utilize triple and quad residence hall rooms to accommodate the expected student population. The board approved rates for those accommodations in specific buildings. Since room and board rates were approved in February, there has been a significant increase in paid room deposits, indicating a larger incoming group requiring beds for fall 2011.
In other action, the board voted to:
• Approve an Academic Charter change eliminating the three-year waiting period and allowing faculty and their dependents to use the fee waiver immediately upon employment. The same change was approved for staff in May.
• Approve the appointment of Dr. Brad Colwell as dean of the College of Education and Human Development and a full professor with tenure in the School of Leadership and Policy Studies, and of Kay Flowers as dean of University Libraries and a full professor with tenure.
• Ratify the appointment of Thomas Hiles as vice president for University advancement and CEO of the BGSU Foundation Inc.
• Approve changing the name of the medical technology degree to medical laboratory science.
• Approved two new degrees. The first is an associate degree in diagnostic medical sonography, to be offered at BGSU Firelands. The program complements Firelands’ growing array of allied health care programs and allows BGSU to help meet regional medical needs. The second is a bachelor of science in fire administration, designed as an online, degree-completion program for preparing upper-level administrators in public and private-sector fire and emergency management services.
• Elect retired Col. John Moore Jr., as chair.