By Dena Tackett/Editor
Some students may have noticed an extra fee or two on their bills this fall. The fees, which were passed by the Board of Regents last spring, apply to 79 different classes in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Technology. The fees, ranging from $8 for four different physics classes to $25 for 11 art classes, were assessed to cover the cost of offering the classes.
The College of Business and Technology got hit hardest with 64 of the 79 new class fees being assessed for classes in its departments of aviation, business, communications and technology.
The fees were requested by the colleges to help pay for lab material and software. Robert Rogow, dean of the College of Business and Technology, said he requested each chair in the college whose department offers lab classes to identify the lab classes where fees were needed and to recommend a fee, if appropriate, for each class.
Each request submitted was reviewed for reasonableness and then submitted for approval, Rogow said. He then sent the recommendations to administrators, who presented it before the Board of Regents.
Vice President for Finance Ken Johnston said the money generated from the new fees would be under the supervision of the colleges, and it is up to the dean of the college to determine where the money will go.
“From my standpoint, that’s a college decision,” Johnston said.
Each course is separately identified as a unique revenue with its own account and code, Johnston said. This way, he can monitor how much each class is generating.
Rogow said he would send the money raised from classes in his college back to fund those specific classes.
“I believe the departments that generate the fees through their lab classes should get the revenues generated,” Rogow said. “I further believe the revenues generated by each department should be used to improve the lab courses for which the fees are assessed.”
Expected revenues from the new fees were not calculated into the budget because Johnston said he would have to wait and get a feel for how much money would be generated from the fees.
Johnston said he would monitor the funds throughout the year and make a mid-year budget adjustment adding the revenues into the budget.