USM Board of Regents Approves New Tuition Policy;
Also Calls for Compact with State Leaders
Adelphi, MD - The
The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents approved a recommendation
to require USM institutions with undergraduate programs to develop four-year
tuition plans. The recommendation is part of the new tuition policy unanimously
approved by the board at its December 19 meeting. The USM Tuition and Fee Task Force, appointed by Chancellor William E. Kirwan, proposed the policy for board
At the public hearings sponsored by the tuition task force during the past year,
speakers expressed the need for tuition predictability. Institutional four-year
plans would help to ensure some level of predictability, according to the task
The new policy also calls for annual updates of the four-year plans. "Each
institution will update annually a four-year tuition plan based on assumptions and
on a format provided by the Chancellor, related to projected state appropriation,
funding guidelines target and planned enrollment levels," according to the policy.
"Changes proposed in the annual update should address changes in assumptions that
caused the recommended revision to tuition rates."
Other task force recommendations included a proposal to link expected state
appropriations and funding guidelines to enrollment and efficiency targets.
Jerry Heeger, president of University of Maryland University College, chaired the
task force. Members included students, parents, administrators, and regents.
In other business at its December 19 meeting, the Board of Regents unanimously
passed a resolution calling on Maryland's state leaders to join the board in a
compact to "provide an adequate and reliable appropriation of state funds to meet
the state's fair share of higher education costs . . . as funds become available."
The full resolution is available by clicking here.