Board OKs tuition hike
by Peggy Harrison
his first action as U.Va.s 37th rector, Gordon F. Rainey
Jr. (right) announced the boards new committee on diversity.
Seated by Rainey at last weeks meeting, from left to
right, were board members Susan Y. Syd Dorsey,
Mark J. Kington, Thomas A. Saunders III and William G. Crutchfield
and fees will rise by 11.2 percent for in-state undergraduates
next year after action by the Board
of Visitors that satisfies politics and practicality.
State legislators, all of whom face election in the fall, passed
a bill that will enable them to tell voters they imposed a 5 percent
cap on tuition at public colleges and universities.
that cap is part of a complex formula, which Colette L. Sheehy,
vice president for management
and budget, explained to board members Friday. The University
was allowed to double the $385 surcharge imposed on the current
semester and add that amount into this years base tuition
before calculating the 5 percent hike for in-state undergrads.
On top of that, the University can add a charge to recoup the
costs of the 2.25 percent salary raises approved by the General
Assembly, Sheehy said.
bottom line is, we went up as much as we were allowed within the
guidelines, said William H. Goodwin Jr., chairman of the
boards finance committee.
a result, tuition and fees (including student activity and auxiliary
fees) for next year will be: $5,964 for in-state undergrads; $21,984
for out-of-state undergrads (up 6.9 percent); $7,856 for in-state
graduate students (up 22.3 percent); $19,965 for out-of-state
grad students (up 2.3 percent); $9,700 for in-state students at
U.Va.s College at Wise (up 5 percent); and $18,638 for out-of-state
students at Wise (up 9.6 percent).
in the charges for room and board, the price of attending U.Va.
for undergraduates next year is estimated to be about $11,514
for in-state students and $27,534 for out-of-state students.
for tuition and fees at the Darden School will rise 6.1 percent
to $28,126 for Virginians and 5.1 percent to $33,126 for non-Virginians.
At the Law School, in-state rates range from $21,325 for third-years
to $23,725 for students entering in the fall; out-of-state students
will be charged $29,128.
for tuition and fees at the School of Medicine will range from
$17,991 for students who entered in the fall of 2000 to $22,341
for students entering this coming fall. Non-Virginians will pay
other matters, the Building and Grounds Committee approved the
design for temporary buildings behind Ruffner Hall, but not without
a debate about how many board members should OK plans.
current board rules, the committee has the final say in building
design, but some want the full board involved. Charles Glazer,
who is not a member of the committee, asked Friday that the full
board consider temporary buildings approved by the committee the
day before. Even though the buildings are temporary, to house
classes displaced by renovations to other buildings, Glazer feared
they could be used a long time and did not want something cheap
or ugly on Grounds.
Temporary buildings can last a generation, he said.
committee members objected, saying the issue had already been
decided and that the full board had weightier issues to discuss.
F. Rainey Jr., rector, referred the matter to the boards
Special Committee on Governance for consideration on future projects.
Board member John O. Wynne suggested the full board may want to
consider only projects passed out of committee on a split vote.
temporary buildings, 6,000 square feet each, will consume about
one-third of the parking lot behind Ruffner Hall. They will be
metal buildings, painted brick-red with white trim and gray metal
roofs, with a projected lifespan of 10 to 15 years. They will
be used for studio art classes while the arts precinct is being
built and Fayerweather Hall is renovated.
design approval issue was first raised Thursday during a report
from committee members William G. Crutchfield Jr. and Mark J.
Kington on streamlining the building approval process. Under their
plan, a standing subcommittee would oversee minor projects, with
infrastructure projects handled administratively. The Buildings
and Grounds Committee, not the full board, would approve projects
once, at the schematic stage. There would be two architect selection
committees, one for major projects and another for minor ones,
with the full committee polled to ratify the selection.
committee also approved a six-year capital plan calling for $1.1
billion in construction and renovation from 2004 to 2010. Sheehy
said Gov. Mark Warner could use the six-year projection in making
his 2004-06 budget.
committee is still examining architectural guidelines for the
arts precinct and is rewriting the job description for a University
the board took its lunch break Friday, about 60 people staged
a living wage rally on the steps of the Rotunda. They called for
an increase in wages for University employees and linked it to
the civil rights agenda of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 35th
anniversary of his death.