BOV Sets Room, Board Rates for 2010-11

Posted: January 28, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: January 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

By Robin Herron

At its meeting on Jan. 27, Mason’s Board of Visitors set student room and board rates for the 2010-11 academic year and approved name changes for a department and several degree programs.

The double room rate in a traditional hall increases by $220 per year, or 4.9 percent. Room rate increases vary according to the type of accommodation, with increases ranging from 4.6 percent (for a double in a suite) to 10 percent (for a single in a suite). Students will also continue to be charged the $50 facility fee that was implemented in fiscal year 2010.

The board rate proposed for a 15-meal plan (with 100 food bonus points) increases by $70 per year or 2.22 percent.

The expected increase for most incoming first-year students living on campus will be $290, or 3.82 percent, compared to the prior year.

According to budget planners, the proposed rates are necessary to cover the increased costs of staffing, utilities and rising construction costs. The proposed rates will also generate revenue necessary to make a contribution to the Education and General budget as well as the institutional enhancement fund.

The BOV also approved changing the name of the Administration of Justice Department within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to the Criminology, Law and Society Department. The related degrees will change their names to the BS, MA or PhD in Criminology, Law and Society.

Two name changes for College of Education and Human Development degrees were approved. The MS in Physical Education will become the MS in Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion; and the BSEd in Health Education will become the BS in Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources.

All of the name changes will be submitted to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for approval.

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