A lot of focus has been placed recently on the new football fee at East Tennessee State University, but there were many other fees approved Friday by a governing board that will generate millions of dollars in support for academic programs, especially health sciences, beginning in 2013-14.
Perhaps the most significant fee increase other than the one for football approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents at a quarterly meeting Friday was for health sciences courses in nursing, public health and clinical rehabilitation. Now that ETSU is recognized as an Academic Health Science Center, the establishment of a $40 per credit hour fee for courses in those areas was approved. This was estimated to generate around $2.5 million.
ETSU President Brian Noland said the high cost of programs in those three colleges was a reason for the fee, which basically ups the current $25 per credit hour fee associated with those courses/ labs.
Find out what additional fees TBR approved besides the $125 fee each semester to support a new football program at ETSU and an early estimate of possible tuition expenses next year in the Sunday, March 31, 2013, edition of the Johnson City Press.
Assistant News Editor Rex Barber reviewed TBR documents and spoke to Noland about the cost of education today for the story that begins on the front page.