Lander University’s governing board approved a slew of new courses Tuesday, several of which the university hopes to debut in the Fall of 2020.
Adam Taylor, Lander’s vice president for governmental relations, described the four bachelor’s and two master’s degrees as “market-driven” programs.
The new degrees are a master of art in teaching art education, a master of fine art in visual art, a bachelor of science in health promotion and wellness, a bachelor of science in human services, a bachelor of science in paralegal studies, and a bachelor of design, graphic and interactive media.
Board approval is the first step in offering a new program, but whether or not students ever have the option of pursuing those approved at Tuesday’s meeting will ultimately depend on the state’s Commission on Higher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits programs in the Southeast.
Trustees also approved the university’s budget for the 2019-20 school year. Slightly more than half of the $3 million increase in revenue will come from tuition and fees, which Taylor attributed to another record freshman class, given trustees’ decision to freeze tuition, general fees and housing at their March meeting.
Megan Price, assistant vice president of university relations, said 845 freshmen have already signed up for fall 2019 orientation sessions, a 5.6% increase from the year prior.
The university will, however, increase fees for certain classes.
Taylor said the fees were applied to courses in art, IDS, nursing and mass communication, all of which require students to purchase supplementary material. The largest increase, $100, was in the ceramics and senior studio art courses.
The cost of a meal-plan will also increase. Plans will increase between $10 to $60 over the year prior. The most expensive, the all-access plan, will now cost $1,810. Taylor said cost increases were built into Lander’s contract with the vendor that provides on-campus food and was not a decision made by the university.
In other business, Linda Dolny was reelected as the board’s chair, Cary Corbitt was reelected as the board’s vice-chair, and Catherine Lee was reelected as the secretary. The meeting was held at the University Center Greenville, and trustees were given a tour of the space and Lander’s new satellite campus there, which will soon house a handful of courses taught by Lander faculty.