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June 4, 2007

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Board of Trustees approves fiscal 2008 budget
During a meeting Friday morning, the ASU Board of Trustees approved the proposed budget for fiscal 2008 (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008) for the ASU System of campuses. At ASU-Jonesboro, additional funding from tuition revenues, state appropriations and reallocations were directed to the 11 priorities established through the University Planning Committee, in support of the university's strategic plan.

Tuition will go up, starting with second summer term
The Board also approved tuition increases for resident and non-resident students at the undergraduate and graduate levels at ASU-Jonesboro. The increases average 3.9%, effective July 1. ASU will use the increase to meet Higher Learning Commission accreditation purposes, to make improvements in teaching and instruction, and to continue improvements funded in last year's budget, all for the benefit of our students.

ASU's tuition ranked 3rd in state in FY 2007
Although information from other universities for the upcoming year is not yet available, data for the current year show that the cost of attending ASU is still very competitive in the State of Arkansas. In a report to the trustees, Jennus Burton, vice president for finance and administration, noted that ASU-Jonesboro's hourly tuition rate this year is lower than the University of Central Arkansas (1) and UAF (2), and tied for third with Arkansas Tech. The rate of increase last year was 7th in the state. In comparison with national data on four-year public universities from The College Board, ASU's tuition and fee cost is 29 percent below the national average ($4,138 at ASU, $5,836 national average). The presentation is at

Faculty Handbook revisions are approved
Proposed revisions in the Faculty Handbook, including the Foreword and Section I, were approved by the Board. The board thanked members of a committee who worked with Chancellor Potts to develop the faculty-supported proposed revisions, including Dr. Mike McDaniel, Dr. Mitch Holifield, Julie Isaacson, Dr. Glen Jones, Lucinda McDaniel, and Dr. Susan Allen. The changes clarify the process for revising the Faculty Handbook.  A proposed change to Section II.j., concerning graduate faculty, also was approved.

Chancellor Potts reports on activities of last few months
Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor, presented his report on the last four months of activity among the various units of the university. For the benefit of the entire campus, he also included his written report in the June 1 edition of First Friday.

International tuition policy changed
The Board also approved a recommendation to change the tuition policy for international students to make the rate more affordable, and thus increase international enrollment.  The new policy sets the rate at twice the in-state rate, plus a $225 per semester fee.

Two new programs approved by Board
Two new academic programs for ASU-Jonesboro were approved by the Board  One resolution establishes a "second-degree accelerated" bachelor of science in nursing program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, while another authorizes a bachelor of arts in theatre in the College of Fine Arts.

Personnel appointments and more resolutions approved
In addition to several resolutions pertaining to other campuses in the ASU System, the Board approved several recommended faculty and administrative staff appointments and re-assignments of duty, and extended the contracts of President Wyatt and the chancellors at the Beebe, Jonesboro, Mountain Home and Newport campuses by an additional year.

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