HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University's Board of Governors approved a plan Thursday to increase tuition and fees at the school.The increases were expected as the university deals with a more than $5.1 million decrease in state appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year.The Herald-Dispatch reported that in-state undergraduate students will pay an additional $140, or 4.82 percent, per semester under the plan. That would bring the total cost of tuition to $2,355 a semester for those students.The university can increase tuition up to 5 percent for in-state students without seeking approval from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which oversees colleges and universities throughout the state.
In-state graduate students would pay $268 more per semester, an increase of 4.89 percent. Out-of-state undergraduate students would see their tuition and fees increased by 3.7 percent; out-of-state graduate students would get a 3.52 percent increase.Undergraduate students in Marshall's "Metro" area -- several surrounding counties in Kentucky and Ohio -- would see an increase of 6 percent, according to the Herald-Dispatch. Students in that area pay more to attend Marshall than West Virginia students, but less than other out-of-state students.The plan to raise student tuition and fees comes two weeks after Marshall President Stephen Kopp angered faculty members by taking the money in most university departments and moving it into a centralized account, without informing them. Marshall's Board of Governors did not act on Kopp's proposed financial reorganization, and board member Oshel Craigo told the Gazette last week that the plan is probably dead.Kopp's original move prompted a no-confidence vote against him from members of Marshall's Faculty Senate, in which more than two-thirds of those who voted declared they have no confidence in his leadership.Immediately after the results of the Faculty Senate vote were announced last week, Board of Governors Chairman Dr. Joseph Touma issued a statement saying the board still believes Kopp is the right man to serve as Marshall's president. The faculty representative on the Board of Governors, psychology professor Marty Amerikaner, said that while he didn't want Kopp fired, he thought Touma's statement showed that the BOG wasn't taking faculty concerns seriously.Other members of the Board of Governors include Miriah Young, Michael Farrell, David Haden, John Hess, Dale Lowther, Joseph McDonie, Michael Sellards, Phyllis Arnold, Letitia Neese Chafin, Verna Gibson, Ed Howard and Wyatt Scaggs.