For immediate release: March 4, 2015
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s Council of Trustees approved fees for the 2015-16 academic year during the quarterly meeting Wednesday, March 4.
For fall 2015, the combined room and board fees will increase from $3,937 per semester to $4,144 per semester, reflecting a 3.3 percent increase in the housing charge and $3.2 percent increase in the food service rate. BU’s room and board fees remain among the lowest in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.
Trustees also approved a wellness fee of $120 per semester for fall 2015. The wellness fee encompasses the Student Health Center, Counseling Center and the Drug, Alcohol and Wellness Network, known as DAWN. The previous fee of $62 per semester covered only the health center.
They also agree to a schedule of mandatory fees that remain unchanged for next year, including fees for community activities, student union operation, recreation, registration/transcript and transportation.
In other action, the Trustees honored student Trustee Shannon Phillips, who was attending her final meeting before graduation. In a resolution, they commended her for serving responsibly on various committees and for being a positive role model for other students.
The Trustees also:
- Recommended extension of BU President David Soltz’s contract following the annual review.
- Accepted five recommendations to refine the university’s facilities and programs naming policy.
- Approved the capital project request for fiscal years 2015-16 to 2019-20, prioritizing two projects – renovation of the McCormick Center and relocation of the facilities maintenance building.
- Learned that 857 students earned 2,994 credits in the 21 on-campus and 28 online courses offered during winter session, resulting in net revenue of $741,848.
- Heard a presentation on two College of Liberal Arts initiatives – the Center for Research and Consulting and the Center for Visual and Performing Arts.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.