An eye to the future

For Immediate Release:  March 5, 2014

Bloomsburg University’s Council of Trustees OK’d a master plan during the March 5, 2014, quarterly meeting that addresses campus needs for the next 15 to 20 years.

Eric Ness, assistant vice president for facilities, explained that the plan is based on projected enrollment, not a period of time. It assumes enrollment growth of 1,000 students and focuses on academics, administration, student life, student housing, athletics, open space and infrastructure.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees approved a fee increase for 2014-15, raising the room fee by $134 per semester and the board fee by $23 per semester. They also approved increasing the transportation fee from $50 to $70 per semester, which will make the 15-bus fleet self-sustaining for at least the next five years, according to John Loonan, vice president for administration and finance.

In other action, the Trustees approved a motion recommending the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors extend the contract of BU President. Trustees recently completed Soltz’s formal three-year review and commended him for his effective leadership, fiscal responsibility and advocacy for Bloomsburg University.

The Trustees also:

Council of Trustees

  • Honored Christine Sperling with faculty emerita status. Sperling, who recently retired from the art and art history department, began teaching at BU in 1984 and served as department chair for 17 years.
  • Learned from Tom Fletcher, associate vice president for extended programs, that 517 students enrolled in BU’s first winter session, earning 1,516 credit hours in courses offered online and face-to-face. Of that total, 94 percent were undergraduates and 46 percent were seniors. Winter session resulted in a net revenue of more than $262,000.
  • Heard a presentation about the Equity Scorecard from Irvin Wright, co-team leader and acting associate dean of academic achievement, professor of developmental education, and Lisa Lister, co-team leader and associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics. Goals of the initiative, designed to enhance access, retention, excellence and graduation, are to increase the number of college graduates statewide to more closely represent the state’s high school graduates and decrease, by half, the access and success gaps for low-income and minority students by 2017.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.