Governors State University freezes tuition
March 04, 2014
University Park, Ill., March 4, 2014 – Governors State University trustees voted unanimously Feb. 28 not to increase tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year. This allows the university to maintain its position as the most affordable university in the state.
“This comes at an historic time for the university,” said GSU president Elaine P. Maimon. “As we make the move from upper division to fully accredited four-year university, we have kept our focus firmly on delivering affordable academic excellence.”
Freezing tuition and fees as the university undergoes major expansion with its first freshman class is part of a broader strategic plan.
“Our move to a four-year university is being done with a well thought-out academic and business plan. We are investing in the success of first year students. Success in college and in life is on the line for students in their first year,” Maimon said.
Experts applauded GSU’s planning. According to the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting body for degree-granting post-secondary education institutions in the North Central region, the GSU strategy for expansion is setting benchmarks for other universities.
“The types of preparation made for this very significant change are being made in tandem with other significant changes in general education programming, assessment processes, institutional research, faculty development and other key areas. Such deep and significant change with such a high level of quality control and in such a short timeframe is rare in higher education.”
Dr. Carol Geary Schneider, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities agreed.
“Governors State has been a national leader in AAC&U’s LEAP initiative to ensure high quality learning for all college students. It is truly instructive to watch as Governors State now unveils a new and learning-centered approach to budgeting. By putting the learning students need centrally in view as the university sets budget priorities, Governors State is providing a much-needed model for colleges and universities across the country and for policy leaders as well.”
Board trustee Patrick Ormsby said that a student taking a full course load each semester still pays less than $5,000. “That’s just outstanding. It’s substantially less than some private high schools,” he said.
Board chair Jack Beaupre said freezing tuition and fees at last year’s rates is one of the more significant moves the university has made in the last two decades.