State Budget Situation Dominates BOV Meeting

Posted: January 24, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Discussion on the evolving state budget situation dominated much of the Board of Visitor’s (BOV) meeting held yesterday in Mason Hall. Members of the BOV, along with President Alan Merten, expressed concern as to the possible ramifications of cuts being suggested of nearly 15 percent over the next three years.

Cuts of this magnitude, Merten suggested, “would be a disaster.” Commenting on Gov. Mark Warner’s proposal to implement a tuition cap of 5 percent as one way of addressing the anticipated cuts, Merten said raising tuition by that amount would not be nearly enough to address the imposed reductions. “We would need more money from the state,” he said.

The BOV agreed that it may hold an emergency meeting in mid-February depending on how the budget discussions in Richmond proceed.

In other news, the BOV approved several new degree programs, including a B.S. in Athletic Training, an M.F.A. in Dance, and a change in degree title from an M.A. in Music to a Master in Music. Additionally, the BOV approved a 2.74 percent increase in room rates on campus for the next fiscal year along with plans to expand the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

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