Trustees approve tuition freeze for Ohio undergraduates

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Board also approves three new majors

Columbus, Ohio – Tuition and mandatory fees for Ohio undergraduates enrolled at all Ohio State University campuses will be frozen for the second consecutive year, the university’s Board of Trustees decided Friday. In addition, trustees approved a freeze on graduate instructional fees.

The resolution to hold tuition and fees steady for the 2014-15 academic year aligns with the university’s commitment to affordability, said Joseph Steinmetz, provost and executive vice president.

“As a land-grant institution, Ohio State is deeply committed to academic excellence and financial accessibility. We have made a demonstrable commitment to accelerate achievement of national stature and distinction, each outcome benefitting our students and the state of Ohio,” Steinmetz said.

“The Board of Trustees ratified a resolution that will hold tuition flat for Ohio students for the second year in a row. This bold move is possible because of Ohio State’s long-term strategy to aggressively pursue excellence through multiple revenue streams,” Steinmetz said. “We continue developing innovative business strategies, reducing expenses, driving efficiencies, increasing private support, and redirecting resources to support the work of faculty and students in teaching, learning, research and innovation. At the same time, the university is committed to partnering with the state of Ohio to ensure affordability, access, and our trajectory of excellence in academic programs.”

For students on the Columbus campus, the resolution freezes the annual cost for in-state undergraduates at $10,036.80 and at $12,424.80 for graduate students. Mandatory fees, including the Recreational and Physical Activity Center, Ohio Union and COTA fees also remain unchanged.

Tuition for in-state students on regional campuses remains $7,140 for undergraduates and $11,496 for graduate students.

The board approved a 5 percent surcharge for non-resident undergraduate and most graduate students. The increase brings non-resident undergraduate tuition to $25,756.80 and graduate tuition to $30,088.80 for students on the Columbus campus.

In addition, the board approved an increase in room and board fees of 4.1 to 4.3 percent, bringing the average cost for two semesters to $10,260. The cost varies based on room type and meal plan. The board also approved an increase in student health insurance of 5.6 to 6.2 percent.

Trustees also approved selected differential instructional, clinical and other program fees and increases to specialized programs including the Executive MBA, SMB-Finance, Master of Business Operational Excellence and Master of Global Engineering Leadership programs.

In other action, trustees approved a variety of personnel, fiscal and construction-related matters during the June 6 meeting:

New degrees established

Trustees approved the establishment of a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Innovation in Healthcare in the College of Nursing. The new wellness-focused degree anticipates the need for jobs focused on improving health-related behaviors, advancing health literacy, and holistic health programs that prevent and manage chronic disease.

The board approved the establishment of a Master of Applied Economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics and Department of Economics. The new degree anticipates a growing need for graduates trained in technical and analytic skills to address an array of applied economic issues and problems. The two departments have a long collaborative history in graduate education. The new program is geared toward individuals seeking careers in business, banking and finance, consulting firms, government agencies, research institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Trustees also approved a proposal to establish a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine. The OTD program will replace the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program and will be the university’s only pathway to licensure as an occupational therapist. Development of the new program reflects the need for alignment with the accreditation standards of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

New faculty track approved

The board approved the establishment of a clinical faculty track in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The goal of the track is to expand the breadth of student instruction by establishing a group of faculty members uniquely qualified in methodologies, field design courses and professional skills relevant to the applied disciplines served by the college. Professional practice faculty will develop and deliver practice-oriented courses and programs, be expected to play an important role in student development outside the classroom, and be expected to be engaged with stakeholders.

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