Emotions ran high during Metro’s Board of Trustees meeting on June 7, with a full house and full agenda.
The meeting began with an update on the development of a shortened name, logo and seal to accompany Metro’s status as a university.
After a survey of potential shortened names was offered campus-wide, the name MSU Denver was chosen as the best option to represent the school. This name will be used in the school’s online domain name and in all official communications.
The shortened name “Metro State” was a close second in the decision, and will still be a part of the brand in its use on the athletic uniforms and in its lasting use in conversation.
A new logo and seal were also introduced and accepted by the board, both of which incorporate Metro’s new name.
The board also voted 7-1 to approve the Colorado High School/GED Tuition rate, which creates a lower tuition rate for undocumented students who fulfill certain requirements. Metro is the first higher education institute in Colorado to create such a rate.
The new rate cuts tuition for these students by nearly half. Current full-time out-of-state tuition is $7,992.60 per semester, whereas the new rate is only $3358.30.
Requirements of the new rate include that a student must have attended a Colorado high school for at least three years, must have graduated or received a general equivalency diploma, must provide a statement that they are in good legal standing and intend to seek lawful status.
In addition the proposed 13 percent in-state tuition increase and nine percent out-of-state tuition increase for the upcoming school year was addressed and approved.
While outlining the proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, it was proposed that a suggested two dollar student fee to support the Phoenix Center be cut from the budget, effectively closing the program’s doors to Metro students.
Several supporters of the Phoenix Center spoke to the board, outlining its resources and how they differ from any others available on campus. After hearing these speakers, as well as those who supported the cut, the board voted to keep the Phoenix Center fee, under the provision of further research.
[media-credit name="Photo by Brian T. McGinn" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]During the public testimony portion, former SGA presidential and vice presidential candidates Jeffery Washington and Scott Hirsbrunner addressed the election disqualification and the events to follow.
The board ruled that this was not a matter they could interfere on, as they do not have authority over student elections.
The Board of Trustees will next meet on June 28 to discuss the master plan for campus development.