Tuition increase, new dorm plans

The Board of Regents will have their last quarterly meeting of 2014 today and tomorrow at Lamar University in Beaumont.

SHSU has many items on this term’s agenda including the approval of increased non-mandatory and mandatory tuition and fees for the fall 2015 semester. Non-mandatory fees which are set to increase include designated tuition and library fees for graduate students.

Mandatory fees which are set to increase, including designated tuition and library fees for undergraduate students, while international education fees for the summer sessions are set to decrease.

According to the proposal, an increase in designated tuition for both graduates and undergraduates “will allow SHSU to continue to recruit and retain exceptional faculty, expand programs and services and cover fixed cost increases and other operating cost increases that are driven by enrollment growth.”

Another item on the agenda is the design development documents for the South Residence Complex which will, upon completion, provide a “living-learning environment” for an estimated 700 students. Construction on the project is planned to start in March 2015 with a projected completion date of June 2016.

In addition, SHSU is also trying to add seven new distance education programs to the institution’s repertoire. These new programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, B.S.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Art in History, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Science in History, B.S.

The Board of Regents is a nine-member group appoint which serves as the governing body of the Texas State University System. Sam Houston State University is one of the eight total institutions which fall under governance by the Texas State University System.

The board meets every three months to address the various needs of each institution.

Renderings of the South Residential Complex

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