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March 16, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
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EMU regents approve pledge limiting tuition increase to 2.4 percent

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the state tuition restraint agreement in which EMU will limit its 2004-05 academic year increase for tuition and mandatory fees for Michigan undergraduate students to 2.4 percent. In return, the state will restore 3 percent of last December's 5 percent mid-year state funding cut and guarantee no further state appropriation reductions to the FY04 and FY05 base budgets.

EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick said he made the recommendation because it will provide tuition relief for resident undergraduate students while protecting the University's base budget.

Ferris State, Central Michigan, Oakland, Wayne State, Western Michigan and Michigan State Universities have already formally adopted the tuition agreement. Presidents at Grand Valley and Saginaw Valley State Universities have said they will recommend the agreement to their boards.

In other actions:

The Board approved an amendment allowing members to use a conference all or similar electronic equipment during special formal meetings of the Board. More than half of the Board members participating must be present at the meeting site. In addition, the amendment adds a provision that allows the Board to use a telephone, facsimile, electronic mail or mail from five Board members to take an emergency vote between meetings.

The Board approved reissuence of the Edison Oakland Academy and Grand Blanc Academy charters. Edison Oakland Academy received its first charter in the 1999-2000 school year and currently has 850 students in grades K-6. Grand Blanc Academy opened in August 1999 and currently enrolls 457 students in grades K-8.

The Board formally accepted the following Opening of Term (OT) and Official Record (OR) dates for the 2004-2005 fiscal year: Summer 2004 -July 1, 2004 (OT) and Sept. 17, 2004 (OR); Fall 2004 -Sept. 13, 2004 (OT) and Jan. 21, 2005 (OR); Winter 2005 -Jan. 14, 2005 (OT) and May 13, 2005 (OR); and Spring 2005 -May 5, 2005 (OT) and July 15, 2005 (OR).

The proposed official record dates for the 2004-2005 fiscal year represent the date when 10 percent of the total classes in each semester have been held. The dates are used for reporting University information on enrollment when reporting to the State of Michigan.

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