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CMU trustees to discuss online class offerings, tuition, room and board

Committee and formal meetings scheduled Wednesday, Thursday

Contact: Heather Smith

​The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will meet this Wednesday and Thursday to explore options for enhancing the university's online class offerings and act on tuition and room and board rates.

In the past two years U.S. News and World Report has ranked CMU as No. 1 and No. 13 in the nation for its undergraduate online programs and consistently among the country's best in a variety of undergraduate and master's degrees.

"CMU has been a pioneer in off-campus learning since 1971 — a fact that is significant as America sees increasing interest in online programs and courses," Board of Trustees Chair Bill Kanine said. "This student demand deserves discussion and action. CMU has the expertise, the faculty and the staff to cement its national leadership in alternative learning models."

The board will consider a resolution directing university leadership to appoint a committee to review online programs at CMU and at comparable institutions. The committee will be asked to make recommendations on the process of developing additional online offerings along with a comprehensive report on how the quantity and delivery of CMU's programs compares with peer institutions.

Trustees also will discuss and adopt tuition and room and board rates for the 2015-16 academic year for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and College of Medicine students along with room and board rates.

CMU is one of the first universities in the state to set tuition, a move designed to help parents and students in budgeting for the upcoming year. CMU has maintained the lowest cumulative increase in tuition among all 15 state universities the past five years. Its total cost of attendance is lower than nine of those.

The meeting, open to the public, begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the President's Conference Room of the Bovee University Center.

In addition, the following committee meetings will be open to the university community and the general public on Wednesday, April 29, in the President's Conference Room.

Policy and Bylaws Committee        1:30-2:15 p.m.

Academic and Student Affairs        2:30-3:30 p.m.

Finance and Facilities                       3:45-4:45 p.m.

Trustees-Faculty Liaison                  5-6 p.m.

Trustees-Student Liaison                 6-7 p.m.

To view the agenda for the April meeting and a schedule of committee meetings, go here.

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