Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Western's "Edge" holds tuition increase at 6.4%

From the Gazette:

In an effort to position Western Michigan University as the best place in the state to receive a good-quality, affordable education, the university's board of trustees is unveiling a cost-saving program that will begin with this year's freshmen.

The program, called The Western Edge, has several components:

• Room-and-board rates will be frozen for new students for up to four years.

• Freshmen who complete 30 credit hours by next fall and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average will be eligible for financial incentives they will be able to use in a variety of ways, such as to buy textbooks, for their sophomore year. The amounts of the incentives have yet to be determined.

• Entering students will be asked to submit four- or five-year plans for their studies, and ``part of our commitment under the Edge is that we will make sure those courses are available when the students need them'' so they can complete their degrees in a timely manner, WMU President John Dunn said Monday. ``If students make their commitment, we offer our commitment.''

• The Edge will include ``enhanced advising,'' Dunn said, to ensure students stay on track toward degree completion.

Dunn expected the board to approve The Western Edge today during a special meeting at 10 a.m.

The board also was expected to approve a tuition increase of 6.4 percent.

Meanwhile, tuition increases across the state were much higher.

The new edge programs also seem to create additional incentives for retention.


Anonymous said...

The edge sounds like a pretty decent idea from the guy whose first impression comprised of a story about a worm farm!

RightMichigan.com said...

Western's getting off "easy."

Funny that we've got all these massive hikes under a governor who claims every chance she gets to be the biggest supporter of higher ed on the planet.

Money and mouth never seem to meet...