Tuition to rise, housing to remain the same in 2010
Undergraduate tuition will increase 6 percent in 2010-11, but many other costs will remain the same, if the UofL Board of Trustees approves recommendations forwarded by its Finance Committee Thursday, May 13.
In-state undergraduate students will pay $8,424 in tuition in 2010-11, slightly lower than the commonwealth’s other research institution, the University of Kentucky. Kentucky residents enrolled in the medical, dental and law schools would see their tuition increase by 8 percent, mainly because of the popularity of the programs and the limited number of slots for graduate students. The committee approved several new fees and increases in the fees for some courses.
UofL students are not expected to pay any increases in the costs of their campus housing, parking or meal plan during the 2010-11 school year.
Also Thursday, the board’s Personnel Committee approved changes to the university’s shared leave policy that will allow UofL employees to donate their vacation or sick leave time to a designated employee. University policy already allows employees to contribute their leave time to a pool that is tapped by employees who might lose pay because of serious illness to themselves or a family member. Since 2000, 247 employees have contributed leave to the program, which has benefitted 102 employees. The new program will be re-titled the Catastrophic Shared Leave Program.
The Personnel Committee also approved three items related to employees’ retirement investment options:
- Permit IRA rollovers into UofL employee 403(b) accounts
- Permit contributions to Roth IRAs within employee 403(b) accounts
- Implement a 457(b) plan with contributions going through UofL
In other action, the Academic and Student Affairs Committee approved a bachelor of science degree in American Sign Language Interpreting Studies. The 122-credit degree program will begin in fall 2010. Currently, only Eastern Kentucky University offers a degree in interpreter training. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, employment of interpreters is projected to increase 24 percent over the next decade, much faster than other occupations. In Kentucky, there are more than 600,000 deaf and hard of hearing citizens, 12 percent of whom need sign language interpreters to communicate.
The program will move into Stevenson Hall, a former residence hall that will be renovated to house several programs including the Disability Resource Center. That program is moving from Robbins Hall, which is being demolished to make way for the expansion of the Speed Art Museum.
The committee also approved the creation of a graduate certificate in Translation (English/Spanish – Spanish/English) beginning in fall 2011. The certificate will require 21 hours of coursework. It’s designed to help graduate students and members of the community become more fluent in an alternative language so they can translate or use their skills for professional purposes.
The committee recommendations will go to the full Board of Trustees for approval at its June meeting.