Board of Visitors Meeting, April 26, 2004
Summary of Actions/Discussions
Approved minutes for this meeting (Microsoft Word format)
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met Monday, April
26, 2004, in the Board Room of JMU's College Center. Following is a summary of actions taken by the
board and key areas of discussion at the board meeting:
- Set the costs for tuition, fees and room and board
for Virginia students at $11,356 for 2004-2005 - a 5.2 percent
increase over the current charges of $10,794. Tuition, fees and room and board for
out-of-state students will increase by 6.75 percent, from $19,016
to $20,300. Costs for commuter students will increase from $5,058
to $5,476 for Virginia students and from $13,280 to $14,420 for
non-Virginians. Room and board
increases - from $5,736 to $5,880 - will be the same for in-state
and out-of-state students. Charges for graduate work will increase
from $201 to $226 per semester hour for Virginians and $605 to $660
- Received a report from Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, special
assistant to the president on efforts being made to enhance
diversity at the university. The
efforts include a variety of efforts toward expanding diversity on
the faculty and staff and the creation of scholarships for students
from underrepresented groups.
- Saw a presentation on the work of a team of four
JMU students who won first place in the national Microsoft Windows
ChallengE program. JMU's
winning project, which won the top award of $4,000 from Microsoft,
is an airport security checkpoint device designed to help protect
the millions of people who fly each day.
- Approved the establishment of the Alvin V. Baird
Jr. Centennial Chair in Psychology in the College of Integrated
Science Technology. The chair is
named for Baird, who is a major benefactor of the University.
- Approved the establishment of the Jackson Ramsey
Centennial Chair in the College of Business. The chair is named for Jackson, who is a
retired business professor and provost of CISAT.
- Approved the following new academic programs:
- A master of education in mathematics.
- An undergraduate major in justice studies in the
College of Arts and Letters.
- A Ph.D. research track in the existing doctoral
program in combined-integrated clinical, school and counseling
- Was told by President Linwood H. Rose:
- That JMU leads all state colleges and universities
in providing wireless computer access, according to a study by the
Intel Corp. JMU ranked 39th
nationally in the ranking done by Intel.
- That two JMU graduate programs have been cited for
excellence in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. The master's level audiology
program was ranked 27th in the nation and the speech-language
pathology program ranked 32nd in the country.
- That three JMU students who had served in the
military in Iraq recently discussed their experiences at an
on-campus forum, which was covered by the national cable network,
C-Span. The forum was sponsored by
OrangeBand initiation, a organization founded at JMU that promoted
open discussion of issues.