Mason’s BOV Approves Increase in Room and Board Rate

Posted: January 26, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At its Jan. 25 meeting, George Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) approved an approximate four percent increase in the room and board rate for students living on campus for the 2006-07 academic year. This overall increase will be part of a university services budget submission to be acted on at the BOV’s meeting in May.

According to Maurice Scherrens, senior vice president, Mason has consistently had the smallest room and board increases within Virginia over the past 10 years. This increase, he said, is necessary to cover increased costs for staffing, utilities and construction.

In other action, the BOV approved the following new degree programs: BA in Film and Visual Studies and BS in Neuroscience.

In a related discussion, Provost Peter Stearns reported that at the beginning of the 2005-06 academic year, Mason had 157 degree programs: 62 undergraduate, 70 graduate, and 25 doctoral. Among Mason’s peer institutions throughout the United States, the average number of degree programs offered is 220.

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