Ohio University Board Of Trustees Meet In Chillicothe

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The Ohio University Board of Trustees will vote on a resolution Friday that would allow the university to move forward with the $7.5 million design and site preparation phase of a resident housing rennovation and construction project on South Green of the Athens campus.

Trustees met at OU's Chillicothe campus Thursday and continued their discussion on a wide range of issues, from potential changes to the tuition model to the long-term plan for improvements to buildings and infrastructure on the Athens campus.

Trustees on the Resources Committee received an update on a planned $12.5 million multipurpose center that will serve as an indoor practice facility for the OU football team, space for sports and recreation classes and student intramurals. The board will vote on final approval on the project in April.

Trustees also continued their discussion on a possible shift to a tuition guarantee model for OU students. It would set a fixed tuition rate for a cohort of students.

In a presentation to the board, OU Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding said switching to such a model would offer students and their families predictability as they plan and budget for the cost of an Ohio University education.

Golding also said it would provide students and incentive to graduate in four years.

A change in the tuition model would require action by the Ohio legislature. Just how the fixed tuition model would be set up and administered has still not been decided.

The Board of Trustees will continue their meeting Friday.