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February 2002

Release Date: February 22, 2002

Texas State University System Regents Okay Architects, Fee Changes for ASU

The Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents meeting on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Friday, Feb. 22, approved architects for four Angelo State University construction projects and authorized slight increases in fees for the next academic year.

Regents selected Torres Architects of San Angelo to provide architectural and engineering services for the addition of a Food Safety and Product Development Lab to ASU's Management, Instruction and Research Center at a cost of 10 percent of the estimated $975,000 building price.

The board okayed Kell-Munoz Architects, Inc., of San Antonio to provide architectural and engineering services to plan the addition and renovation to the Cavness Science Building, the partial renovation of the Center for Human Performance Building and the addition to the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building at a cost of 8 percent of the estimated $8.76 million construction budget.

Members of the board also cancelled an architectural contract with Darrow, McSpedden, Sellars, Inc., for the design of a proposed Art/Media Building and authorized the university to pay fees owed for time spent on the project that was subsequently cancelled after appropriate space was incorporated into other existing or planned facilities.

Regents approved increases in the designated tuition fee, the technology services fee and the University Center fee and established a library fee.

The designated tuition fee was increased $2 from $27 per semester credit hour to $29 per semester credit hour. The new fee is only two-thirds of the state maximum allowable of $44 for semester credit hour. The technology services fee was increased from $6 per semester credit hour to $10 per semester credit hour. The University Center fee structure was changed from $20 per semester to $20 per semester plus $1 per semester credit hour up to 15 credit hours for a maximum fee of $35.

The new library fee will be $1 per semester credit hour and will be used to extend the operating hours of the Porter Henderson Library, to expand the staff and to increase the budget for books and materials. Both the Library fee and the University Center fee were proposed by the Student Senate and passed by a student referendum.

ASU administrators noted that the university's fee structure remains one of the lowest in the state, ranking 19th out of 23 four-year state public universities. A survey during the fall showed the average fee charges for a student taking 12 semester credit hours at ASU totaled $621, compared to the statewide average of $806. Even with the increases, the cost for 12 semester credit hours will be $717 next fall, still significantly lower than the $806 statewide average for the fall of 2001.

Additionally, the board permitted the university to increase its student service fee $1 per semester credit hour more than the current $17 per semester credit hour charge up to a maximum $162 per long semester, pending approval in a vote by the student body or Student Senate.

The board also approved the 1 percent hike in room and board costs for ASU's residence halls and apartments.

In other business, the board accepted a 12th day class report showing a spring 2002 enrollment of 5,682, compared with 5,667 last spring; approved $2,516,510 in budget adjustments, bringing the total ASU budget to $62,930,653 for the 2002 fiscal year; accepted gifts totaling $533,317 to the university; and approved routine personnel items.

The TSUS board serves as the governing body for ASU and the other eight institutions making up the system. The other institutions are Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas State University, Sul Ross State University and Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College.