Notes from the April 8, 2002 Regents Meeting

by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., April 10, 2002 -- The New Mexico Tech Board of Regents has approved an average increase of 6.8 percent in tuition and fees for both undergraduates and graduate students attending the research university, raising tuition and fees for resident undergrads from the current $1,527 per semester to $1,637 per semester.

The boost in tuition and fees at New Mexico Tech, which works out to slightly more than $110 per semester, becomes effective at the start of the upcoming 2002-2003 academic year.

With the latest tuition increase, out-of-state students attending the university will pay an additional 8 percent in tuition and fees this coming fall semester (increased to $4,376 per semester for undergraduates and $4,978 per semester for graduate students).

With the approved increase, resident graduate students at New Mexico Tech will pay $1,695 per semester in tuition and fees.

During the board's April 8 meeting, New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López informed regents that school administrators had previously discussed proposed tuition and fee increases with student leaders at the university and that " . . . a majority did begrudgingly support the hike in tuition and fees."

In other actions taken during its monthly meeting, the Tech Board of Regents approved support for a new training course titled "Managing Terrorist Bombing Incidents," which is being made available through the university's Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.

The regents also approved several adjustments to the university's current budget, necessitated by revenues and expenses that were unanticipated at the start of the fiscal year.

In other official actions, the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents also approved the following measures:

During its meeting, the Tech Board of Regents also was given an overview of the university's various capital projects by Joe Galon, Tech's director of planning, with particular emphases on recently completed, ongoing, and planned construction projects on the university campus.