Executive Summary – December 2016 Quarterly Meeting
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at UOM; a grant matching progra , new faculty start-ups, and increased salaries and
$500 bonus at MTSU; and the re-budgeting of carryforward funds unspent in previous
years at the TSU Institute of Agriculture and Environment and ETSU.
Public Service – Increased by $6,674,800 (or 29%). Change is due to UOM completing the
conferences and institutes budget for FY 2016 and the TSU Cooperative Extension re-
budgeting carryforward funds unspent in previous years.
Operating – Increase by $83,896,600 (or 17%). Change is due to increased costs of utilities,
library funding, equipment purchases below $5,000, safety initiatives, scholarship
program increases, athletic expenses, and software maintenance costs across the system.
The Fall 2016 tuition increase and the FY 2015-16 unspent carryforward funds allowed
campuses to replenish depleted operating budgets.
Travel – Increased by $3,135,400 (or 11%). Travel includes all in-state and out-of-state travel
as well as out-of-country travel. Travel is necessary for a variety of reasons, including
professional development, recruiting, and athletics. The Fall 2016 tuition increase and
the FY 2015-16 unspent carryforward funds allowed campuses to replenish depleted
Capital Outlay – Increased by $5,383,500 (or 43%). Capital outlay includes equipment
purchases in excess of $5,000 as well as local capital projects not included in plant funds.
The Fall 2016 tuition increase and the FY 2016-17 unspent carryforward funds allowed
campuses to replenish depleted capital outlay budgets.
2. East Tennessee State University Tuition Plan
Vice Chancellor Sims
East Tennessee State University requests approval to extend the in-state maintenance fee rate to students
who meet the university’s admission standards and live in any out-of-state county within a 100-mile
radius of ETSU.
The purpose of this proposal
aimed at expanding the University’s geographical enrollment footprint
beyond its historical service region in Tennessee. This proposal recognizes the role of ETSU as a
regional university, with the obligation to impact the educational attainment, quality of life, economic
development and workforce demands of the Appalachian Region they serve.
The Tennessee Board of Regents previously approved proposals addressing the geographical border
barrier in recognition of the need to better serve the residents within the region. TBR previously
approved four separate requests (2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011) to extend the in-state maintenance for
specified contiguous counties close to ETSU.
The geographic location of ETSU in the northeast tip of Tennessee presents an impediment to
increasing enrollment since the current level of out-of-state tuition serves as a barrier to a large portion