BOV Approves Operating Budget, Elects New Rector

Posted: May 11, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

At its meeting this week, the Board of Visitors (BOV) approved the 2007-08 university operating budget; a proposal for a PhD degree in sociology; a copyright policy for university works; and a tenure clock extension for new parents. The board also elected a new rector for 2007-08.

Ernst Volgenau, chairman of SRA International Inc. and a current BOV member, was elected rector. He will begin serving his two-year term on July 1.

The following increases were made to the 2007-08 Operating Budget (The increases are over the current spring semester rates):

  • The operating budget will increase by 7.9 percent.
  • The Educational and General budget will increase by $29.3 million, or an annual increase of nine percent.
  • The total price for an in-state undergraduate student, including tuition, fees, room and board will increase 5.3 percent to $13,360.
  • The total price for an out-of-state undergraduate student will increase 5.7 percent to $26,748.
  • Tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students will increase 6.7 percent to $6,840.
  • Tuition and fees for out-of-state undergraduate students will increase 6.3 percent to $19,728.
  • Other increases in tuition and fees are 9.6 percent for in-state graduate students; 9.3 percent for out-of-state graduate students; 9.4 percent for in-state law students; and 7.7 percent for out-of-state law students.

The copyright policy updates a 20-year-old policy, clarifying what faculty and students own and what belongs to the university.

The extension of time policy automatically gives tenure-track faculty a year’s extension on their tenure on arrival of a new child.

Also during the meeting, new student representatives for 2007-08 were appointed. Bryan Painter, a junior majoring in government and international politics, and Kate Pisano, a junior majoring in accounting, will join the BOV.

Also discussed at the meeting was the progress of the proposed development of a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and Mason to provide a specialized program and a small campus at the Zoo’s Conservation Research Center near Front Royal, Va.

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