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Summary of March 16 Board of Trustees Actions

Posted Mar, 16, 2010

At its March 16 meeting, the Kent State University Board of Trustees took action on the following items:

Increase in Room and Board Rates

The Board approved an overall 5.49 percent increase in the standard, undergraduate double-room and board rates, effective fall semester 2010. The increases will allow the university to keep pace with changing student needs and to help offset rising costs for maintenance and repairs, utilities and food products. The increases will allow the university to continue operating its residence and dining programs on a self-sufficient basis while keeping room and board affordable for students and their families. The increases leave Kent State’s room and board rate among the lowest for Ohio’s residential campuses.

Under the new rates, a standard double-occupancy room and a full meal plan will be $4,188 a semester, an increase of $218 from the current rate of $3,970. Specifically, a typical double room will increase $143 a semester, from $2,425 to $2,568 and the basic board plan will increase $75 per semester, from $1,545 to $1,620. Similar increases were instituted for other residential options, which include single and quad rooms, and on-campus apartments, and four other board plans. A $25 increase in the monthly rate for one- and two-bedroom apartments in the Allerton Student Family Apartment complex, which houses students with families, was enacted effective Sept. 1, 2010.

The Board also set the cost of room options in the new facility being leased to house students who participate in the university’s study-abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. The cost of a three-person room will be $4,830. This cost and the cost of other room options in the new facility will not change the estimated overall cost to students.

In other actions:

• The Board named the conference room in the department of sociology in honor of Dr. James T. Laing, the first chair of the department who was instrumental in hiring Dr. Oscar Ritchie, the first African-American professor hired at an Ohio public university. Laing’s son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Barbara Laing, provided a major gift to the department of sociology to support an undergraduate and graduate scholarship.

• The Board established an exercise physiology major within the master of science degree program offered by Kent State’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services, effective fall semester 2010. Students who graduate with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science now will have a more visible pathway to a related graduate-level degree.

• The Board revised the name of the department of chemistry to the department of chemistry and biochemistry, effective fall semester 2010. The change reflects the department’s wide range of biochemistry course offerings, which are of particular interest to students with an interest in pursuing medical careers.

• The Board revised the name of the physical education major to exercise physiology within the doctor of philosophy degree program offered by Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. The change, which was requested by students and takes effect fall semester 2010, makes the course of study more apparent and gives students with undergraduate and master’s degrees in exercise science a more visible pathway to a related doctoral-level degree.

• The Board revised the name of the community counseling major within the master of arts and master of education degrees to clinical mental health counseling, effective fall semester 2010. The revised name provides a more accurate description of the program and the scope of practice of program graduates.

• The Board revised the name of the industrial technology major within the bachelor of science degree to applied engineering, effective fall semester 2010. The change aligns with a recent change made by the National Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (formerly the National Association of Industrial Technology). The change also eliminates confusion about whether the abbreviation “IT” refers to the field of industrial technology or to the field of information technology.

• The Board inactivated the early childhood education technology major within the associate of applied science degree program at Kent State University at Ashtabula, effective fall semester 2010.

• The Board purchased a .118-acre parcel of land located at 116 S. Willow St. in Kent from Michael, Linda and James Dussel for its appraised value of $145,000. The property consists of a two-and-a-half story residence of approximately 1,890 square feet, is located adjacent to the Kent Campus and will be part of a planned expansion in the area between campus and downtown Kent.

• The Board purchased a .129-acre parcel of land located at 325 E. Erie St. in Kent from Michael A. Smith for its appraised value of $125,000.  The property, which consists of a two-story residence of approximately 1,500 square feet, will be part of a planned expansion in the area between the Kent Campus and downtown Kent, including an extension of the campus esplanade to the downtown area.

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Media Contacts:
Tom Neumann, tneuman1@kent.edu, 330-672-8533
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595