Local News

IUS Plans New Fee, Higher Tuition

Indiana University Southeast is planning to raise total costs more than the state’s Commission for Higher Education has recommended, but school officials say the increase is justified.

The commission has recommended that IUS keep tuition increases at or under 2.5 percent for the next two years. Technically, tuition will remain under that amount, but IUS students will face a new rehabilitation and repair fee that will be used to maintain the campus. Given that, the total cost of attending IUS will go up about 3.3 percent next year.

“The annual tuition will be $5,800 approximately for [fiscal year 2012],” says Vice Chancellor Dana Wavle. “Students will also have to pay a student activity fee and a technology fee. When you add that all together, it’s about $6,300. Add another $60 for the R&R and we’re at $6,365.”

That’s still less than the University of Louisville’s tuition, which will increase 6% next year. Wavle says the higher tuition and the new fee are necessary to offset cuts from the state government.

“Traditionally R&R was funded with state dollars. We would have state-funded R&R. As part of this year’s budget, that was eliminated, in addition to $870,000 in state dollars. So we’re really dealing with two things here,” he says.

Indiana public universities are not required to follow the Commission for Higher Education’s recommendations on tuition increases.

Local News

Students To Protest IUS Smoking Ban

Thursday afternoon, students at Indiana University Southeast will protest the possibility of fines for violating the school’s smoking ban.

All IU campuses have been tobacco-free since 2007. An IUS committee is considering attaching fines to the academic penalties for violating the ban, but spokesperson Erica Walsh says that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

“That is one of the things that is on the table, but there has not been anything presented, there has been nothing decided,” she says.

A group of students will march on campus Thursday to protest the possibility of fines and the ban in general. Under current rules, students can only smoke in private vehicles on campus. Protestor Ian Girdley says he would like to see the university set aside a few outdoor smoking areas.

“Some people don’t drive, some people take the bus, sometime you’re parked on the other side of campus and there’s no reason there can’t be designated spots, even shelters, where you can partake in a cigarette without negatively affecting people,” he says.

Girdley says he’s expecting anywhere from 15 to 150 students to attend the protest. A smoking ban at the University of Louisville will take effect next month.

State of Affairs

Coming into Its Own: Indiana University Southeast

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Coming Into Its Own: Indiana University Southeast
In 1941 Indiana University opened the “Falls City Area Center” extension for students in the southern Indiana area. Now, 68 years later, the “Center” has grown up to be Indiana University Southeast. IUS now offers 6 Master’s degrees and 42 Bachelor’s degrees (among others); and in 2008 became a residential university with the opening of “lodges” for student living. Not bad for a little school without its own building back in 1941. Join us on Tuesday when we learn more about the history and future of Indiana University Southeast.

IUS History Slideshow

Listen to the Show

Related Links:

Looking for an older episode? Browse the State of Affairs Audio Archive.