Action to be taken by the board of directors, May 7, 2021 – News
The Illinois State University Board of Trustees approved a number of resolutions at its quarterly meeting on May 7, 2021. Full text of these resolutions can be found on the Board of Directors website.
Tuition, fees and room and board rates
The Board of Trustees approved the tuition, fees, and room and board rates for the 2021-2022 academic year. There is no increase in tuition or student fees required. The last time the University increased the tuition rate was for the 2017-2018 academic year. The administrators authorized a 3% increase in accommodation and food costs for the 2021-2022 academic year. This combination results in a moderate overall cost increase of $ 296, or 1.2%. This increase puts the total cost of attending a full-time undergraduate student, including student health insurance, at $ 25,465 before financial aid is applied.
New Illinois undergraduates will pay $ 384.13 per credit hour in tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year, the same rate as the previous year. Under the Illinois Truth-in-Tuition Act, new undergraduates next fall will continue to pay this rate until summer 2025. As-state tuition for students graduates will be $ 403.59 per credit hour. The Tuition Fee Truth Act does not apply to graduate tuition fees.
Mandatory tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year will remain at $ 107.78 per credit hour, the same rate as the previous academic year. Academic learning spaces, both on-campus and virtual, continue to be directly enhanced through these fees.
The cost of housing will increase by a modest 3 percent. Students will pay between $ 2,747 and $ 4,697 per semester, depending on the type of living room (multiple occupancy, single or super single). Rates for Cardinal Court Apartments will vary from $ 4,272 to $ 5,976 per semester, depending on the configuration and occupancy of the apartment.
Meal prices will increase by 3% compared to the previous academic year. Residential meal plans range from $ 2,213 to $ 2,376 per semester.
MA, MS in English Education
The administrators have approved a Masters and Masters program in English. The program is designed for Certified Secondary English (ELA) teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of socially fair ELA content, pedagogy and research.
College of Engineering
Trustees authorized Illinois State University to seek approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to establish an engineering college. The creation of a new college of engineering is considered to be the creation of a new educational unit which requires the approval of the IBHE. The proposed College of Engineering will serve as the administrative and academic structure for future degrees in Electrical, Mechanical and General Engineering. An application for authorization to offer engineering degrees will come at a later date after the development of the curriculum for the degrees in accordance with University policies and procedures. This resolution does not commit Illinois State University to spending funds at this time. Assuming IBHE approval, further development of an engineering college that would involve spending funds for the formal development of the college and related facilities would require the approval of the board in the future. .
FY2022 expenditure authorization
The Trustees authorized University officials to spend funds in accordance with the 2022 FY2022 expenditure authorization by object and function of expenditure until the Board of Trustees takes further action on the budget of operation of fiscal year 2022. The state appropriations for fiscal year 2022 at Illinois State University are not yet known and this action allows the University to meet its financial obligations as of July 1.
Foundation support agreement
The University has been authorized to extend a contract with the Illinois State University Foundation for development and fundraising services for FY2022. The contract stipulates that these services will be provided for in-kind consideration not exceeding $ 2,760,000. The Foundation, a private company, strives to solicit, obtain, and manage private donations and other resources to support the educational and research mission of the State of Illinois.
Renovations of buildings for temporary space
Trustees approved a space renovation plan to temporarily accommodate classrooms, laboratories and offices during the upcoming facility rehabilitation of Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. The $ 15 million temporary space project includes renovations and upgrades to the first floor of the Milner Library, the first floor of Julian Hall, the first and third floors of Cook Hall and the ISU Weavers building. The project will be financed by institutional funds. The University will also explore 10-year funding options. The renovation of the temporary spaces will help accelerate the larger, state-funded, $ 61.9 million rehabilitation of the facilities at Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. This larger project will include the demolition of the existing Centennial West Building and renovations to the Visual Arts Center building, new space additions to the Performing Arts Center and the Visual Arts Building Center, and the construction of a new replacement “Common” building on the site of the current Centennial West Building.
Mennonite College of Nursing Simulation Lab
Trustees approved the construction of a new two-story nursing simulation laboratory building to connect with the existing modular simulation laboratory building at Mennonite College of Nursing. The $ 17 million project will involve the demolition of the existing university-owned buildings at 402 and 404 West Locust St. in Normal to make way for the new 20,000 gross square foot building. The West Locust properties were originally purchased by the University using ancillary facility system funds. State directives require that university buildings be owned and operated out of general revenue. The Trustees also approved the transfer of an amount not to exceed $ 1 million in general revenue to offset the ancillary facility system for the acquisition of the properties. The new nursing simulation laboratory will allow Mennonite College of Nursing to significantly increase its staff in the years to come. The project will be paid for using general revenue funds, academic development fee money and unallocated reserves.
• Authorization for the University to enter into a six-month extension of the current agreement with Connect Transit for transportation services for the period July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Connect Transit continues to seek a new CEO who is responsible negotiating agreements with third parties. Contract negotiations between the University and Connect Transit are still ongoing and are not expected to be completed until the expiration date of June 30, 2021. The agreement allows faculty, staff and students at the University to use their Redbird card as a bus pass. The extension must not exceed $ 289,068. Funding comes from tuition fee revenues.
• Approval of a five-year contract with Alpha Baking Company for bakery products for the University’s Event Management, Catering and Hospitality (EMDH) area at a cost not exceeding $ 1 million . The funding comes from the operating account of the EMDH catering.
• Authorization for TechZone and Student Technologies to provide Apple products and services to academic departments, faculty, staff, students and the entire ISU community until fiscal year 2026 for an annual fee not not exceeding $ 1.7 million. Funding comes from funds from local agencies and institutional funds.
• Authorization for a three-year contract with Microsoft for software licenses and support for a total cost not to exceed $ 1.7 million. The contract will be paid with institutional funds.
• Authorized a five-year contract with Oracle Corporation for the maintenance and support of campus-wide applications, including the University’s iPeople human resource management system, the Campus student information system Solutions, Oracle Database and Oracle Advanced Security / Data Guard. The contract, the total cost of which does not exceed $ 5 million, is financed by institutional funds.
• Approval of a contract with FieldTurf for the resurfacing of the University’s exterior track at a cost not exceeding $ 650,000. The works will be financed by funds for the permanent improvement of the stadium.
• Approval was given to name the Bohn-Nielsen Resource Room sub-room at Julian Hall as “Dr. Anthony Liberta Study Suite. This gift from Dr. Kathy Bohn and Dr. Tom Nielsen recognizes Bohn’s mentor at Illinois State.
• Approval was given to name room 110 of the Multicultural Center “Alma Family Room” in recognition of Alma Samuels. A donation to support programming within the Multicultural Center was made by Samuels’ daughters, Carmelita Brown, Camille Taylor and Michelle Garner.
• Approval was given to name the Milner Library student exhibition space “Russel E. and Barbara J. Benway Student Art Exhibition Area”. Barbara J. Benway pledged a cash donation to the Milner Library and a pending estate donation to Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts.
• Approval was given for the designation of the College of Education Student Success Center as the “Larry and Barbara Efaw Center of Excellence for Educators” in recognition of their financial donation to the University.
Recognition of trustees
The Board of Directors expressed gratitude for the service of outgoing Student Advisor Jada Turner and former Trustee Sharon Rossmark. Rossmark was awarded the title of Trustee Emeritus.