President Roderick J. McDavis
Apr 25, 2014
From staff reports
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis issued the following statement Friday afternoon:
Dear OHIO Faculty, Staff, and Students,
First I want to congratulate our graduates! At the end of next week, you will walk across the stage of the Convocation Center and begin a new, exciting journey. We are very proud of you and your accomplishment and hope you come back home to Ohio University often.
Earlier this semester, I committed to you that I would share my tuition and fee recommendation to the Board of Trustees before the end of Spring semester. Since that time, there has been much discussion about our strategic priorities and capital improvement needs through open budget forums, presentations to Student Senate, and other conversations within the campus community.
Taking all of our budget considerations under advisement, the Budget Planning Council, chaired by Dr. Pam Benoit, Executive Vice President and Provost, and Mr. Steve Golding, Vice President for Finance and Administration, has recommended a 1.5 percent tuition and fee increase for the 2014-15 academic year. Such an increase would equal a $156 annual increase in tuition and fees per student. These additional resources will be invested in academic programs, financial aid, and facilities.
The recommendation brought forward by the Budget Planning Council, which consists of faculty, students, staff, and deans, was made after thoughtful dialogue, discussion, and vetting of the feedback shared in the open budget forums that were held earlier this month. I want to thank the members of the Council for their deliberation and thoughtful consideration of the funding needs across campus. We recognize that the proposed tuition and fee increase is not insignificant in its impact on students and their families. At the same time, we believe that the balance achieved by the Council is the best possible solution to meeting the budgetary needs of our university while still maintaining affordability and our commitments to scholarships for students and other investments in academic programs and facilities.
I accept the Budget Planning Council’s recommendation and will present it to the Board of Trustees at its June 26 meeting on the Eastern Campus. As always, this meeting will be streamed live on the web, and we also will be providing complimentary transportation to faculty, staff, and students who wish to attend the meeting in-person.
Our presentation to the Board will emphasize the importance of need-based scholarships and grants, which will help offset the impact of a tuition and fee increase for students and their families. One way in which Ohio University has improved affordability is through our new OHIO Signature Awards, which includes generous merit-based scholarships as well as supportive need-based grants for members of the incoming freshman class. In addition, I have directed Dr. Benoit and Mr. Golding to identify a means of financial support for current students with the highest financial need to lessen the burden of a tuition and fee increase on them and their families. I plan to include a recommendation to support these students in my budget proposal to the Board.
Thank you for your interest and involvement in this important decision-making process. I believe that the recommendation of our Budget Planning Council combined with the affordability initiatives currently underway will result in positive outcomes for Ohio University’s students, faculty and staff.
Roderick J. McDavis
President, Ohio University