ASU trustees approve tuition hike
Last Friday, the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees approved Chancellor Kenneth Peacock’s request for a 12.3 percent tuition hike for the 2012-13 school year.
The hike, if approved by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, exceeds the 6.5 percent tuition increase maximum set by the state.
The Board of Governors must approve all tuition increases that surpass the 6.5 percent, and 25 percent of those hikes must go toward financial aid.
Prior to the vote, representatives from the Student Government Association made one last plea to minimize the hike.
The chancellor’s recommendation increased in-state tuition by 12.3 percent and out of state by 2.1 percent. The students proposed a 6.5 flat increase across the board. The presentation was the first counter proposal presented by ASU students to a tuition hike recommendation, SGA vice president Mattie Hardin said.
The trustees rejected the counter proposal, passing the chancellor’s plan. Estes cast the only “nay” vote. The plan came out of recommendations from both the tuition committee and fee committee, groups made up of students, faculty and staff.
Peacock applauded students’ efforts and invited them to accompany him to Raleigh.
The tuition hike is one of many recent decisions he called “unpopular” but necessary, such as job cuts, reduced library hours and the impending closure of the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, a reaction to $22.8 million in funding cuts.
“These are some bold actions that we’ve had to take and not popular,” he said. “If you think they have been, I can show you my emails.”
The next step is for Peacock to recommend the trustees’ approved plan to the governors in January. ASU should have a board of governors’ decision in February. The board, Peacock said, may not approve the hike.
The proposal would put in-state tuition, general, indebtedness and transportation fees totaling $6,077, compared to $5,536.74 last year. Nonresidents would pay $18,125 total, compared to $17,584.74 last year. A full report is available at http://www.appstate.edu.