Trustees Consider Tuition, Employee Raises

Policies on student tuition and fees, and distribution of state funding for employee pay raises, will top the agenda for this month's meeting of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.

The meeting is held over two days, Thursday and Friday, starting at 7:30 in the morning the first day, and formal action set for 4 Friday afternoon. Public testimony will be heard at 10 Friday morning. The meetings are held at the Coe Library on the university campus in Laramie. All meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions.

The information comes from the college's public relations office. According to the release, the board is scheduled to consider a tuition increase for the 2014-15 academic year, and discuss the possibility of future increases. The trustees discussed a possible 4 percent increase for 2014-15, at a previous meeting, which would generate about $2 million, annually.

Trustees are also considering a fee increase, which would raise the total bill for tuition and fees for full-time residents by $211, from $4,404 to $4,615, in the coming academic year. Even with the increase, university officials say their resident undergraduate tuition remains the lowest among the nation's 173 public doctoral institutions.

The board is expected to consider a number of uses for increased tuition revenue, including a new student learning management system, library collections, lab equipment and supplies, and student recruitment/retention efforts. Also on the table is the possibility of using a portion of the additional tuition revenue in 2014-15 to augment the university employee pay raises.

After four years of no state funding for the only state university recurring employee compensation adjustments, the Wyoming State Legislature has appropriated a total of $12.5 million for employee pay raises over the next two years. For the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014, the amount available is $4.15 million. That’s equivalent to an average 2.35 percent increase, for all employees.