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AAMU Board Approves Modest Tuition Increase

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The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees met on campus Friday, June 23, to approve a $167 million operating budget for FY2018, along with a tuition increase and the removal of low enrollment and education certification concentrations from the program inventory.


Clayton Gibson, AAMU vice president for business and finance, said the slight tuition increase would amount to about 1 percent of yearly tuition and fees, or around $45 per semester.  Marginal increases to room and board, depending on the residence hall facility, could amount to a less than 3 percent increase, Gibson said.


The summer board session represented the first meeting for four trustees, including new SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle; Dr. William E. Cox of Fairfax, Va.; John Hackettt, Jr., of Fairfield, Ala.; and Roderick Dewayne Watts of Gadsden, Ala.


Trustee Hackett moved (Dr. Hattie Myles second) to delete low enrollment concentrations in the areas of fisheries, wildlife, interdisciplinary studies and art education, along with a slate of education certification programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.  His motion to add concentrations in fish and wildlife science, forestry business, ambient energy (Physics), criminal  justice, sociology, political science and general music also carried.


There were no action items from the permanent committees of Development and Technology; Audit and Investment; Athletics; Student Affairs; and Special Committees.  Moreover, work is ongoing toward a report and recommendations from the Board’s Presidential Review Committee, and Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones and President Andrew Hugine, Jr., did not present at the session.


The Board will meet again October 25-27, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.

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