Students at Mount St. Mary's College could
face a 3 percent hike in tuition, fees,
room and board next year if the college
president's a draft budget is approved by
trustees in December.
president Tom Powell announced the
during a general
assembly meeting at the college and
Dr. Powell said
the institution must also increase
enrollment by 60 students in order to
raise an additional $3,465,000 over the
current operating budget of about $47
costs totaling $230,000 and a 2 percent
across the board salary increase for
employees will add $1.2 million to the
budget, according to Dr. Powell.
The college needs
an additional $345,000 to cover costs
associated with student life. Dr. Powell
said the college plans to hire a
vice-president of student life and to
increase funding for student activities.
He said the college would offer its
resident assistants more career training
About $340 million
of the increase would go into facilities
and services, helping pay for a renovation
of Purcell Hall and equipping all campus
residence rooms with refrigerators and
microwaves. Dr. Powell also said the
college intended to do away with its
coin-operated laundry machines and offer
the service to students for free.
The college also
plans to add four new faculty members to
its payrolls at a cost of $220,000, Dr.
driving up tuition include new financial
aid costs, improvements to athletic
facilities and preparation for the
college's bicentennial celebration. Dr.
Powell said the college expects to be
receiving about $700,000 less in state
selling funds than it did last year.
For the student,
tuition will increase by $630 to $21,430
next year, Dr. Powell said. He told the
audience of staff, faculty and students
that he would be "open to the
strategy" of further increasing
tuition costs but he thought that plan
would be a "hard sale."
Dr. Powell said
that he was "willing to bet" the
tuition increase would be lower than those
at competing colleges and universities.
departments are also looking at bearing
some of the burden of covering costs; as a
whole, they will have to shoulder cuts
totaling $200,000. The college also hopes
to increase its annual fund by $100,000.
encouraged the faculty to do more to keep
enrollments from slipping. Of the 60
students the college hopes to add its
roster next year, 20 of them would be
categorized as "retained
students" or those who don't leave
for other institutions.
Students in the
audience bore the news of the tuition
increase rather well, though one ROTC
student had concerns that it could be him,
and not the military, who pays for the
raised concerns that by growing the
enrollment, the college would create
parking problems. Dr. Powell said the
college was planning to look into parking
issues after the December meeting.
Dr. Powell also
used the assembly to announce a new power
structure for the college.
The college is
creating an executive vice-president
position to be filled by Sister Paula
Marie Buley, current vice-president and
treasurer of the college.
Dr. Powell said
the executive vice-president will be
second in command to the president, but
stressed the existing vice-presidents and
the new vice president of student life
will not have to answer to the new
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