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Board of Regents approves new degree plans, tuition change, and Emeritus status

May 05, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today approved increases in designated tuition and fees as well as new degree programs for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  In other action, the board approved emeritus status for two long-time administrators and a faculty member and tenure for 10 faculty members.


Tuition and Fees


Students taking 12 hours will see an increase of 6.39 percent in their total bill.  Designated tuition will increase $10.71 per semester credit hour.  For a student taking 12 or more hours, the increase will be $149.94 per semester or 4.17 percent.  The additional 2.22 percent increase comes from student approved fees

“We appreciate the careful and thoughtful consideration by the Board of Regents on such a tough issue,” said President Flavius Killebrew. “Texas &M-Corpus Christi never takes increases lightly and we always look to efficiencies before asking for tuition increases. Despite this increase, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi remains one of the most affordable institutions in Texas and the nation.”

Approved by students and ratified by the Board of Regents are increases in the athletics fee and student center fee.  The athletic fee increase of $1.10 per semester credit hour will support addition of a women’s soccer team, with play beginning in fall 2013. The student center fee increase of $55 per semester will allow expansion of the University Center to accommodate the more than 10,000 students now attending the university.    


Three new degree programs


Students completing the University Studies degree program may obtain a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science or bachelor of applied science.  The degrees are designed for students who need flexibility in their degree program or want to design their own degree program. It is especially accommodating for transfer students.  With final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the program is planned to begin in the fall.

Provost Chris Markwood said, “I am pleased that the board approved our proposed University Studies degree.  It will provide a flexible option for students with possibilities for interdisciplinary studies, prior learning and a capstone project.” 


Emeritus status


In recognition of long and distinguished service to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Board of Regents conferred emeritus status on the following.

  • Dr. Eliot Chenaux, Vice President Emeritus of Student Affairs, who is retiring this month after serving the university for 36 years.
  • Dr. Paul Orser,  Associate Vice President Emeritus for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, who retired last August after serving the university for 37 years.
  • Dr. Judith Sutherland, Professor Emerita of Nursing, who retired after 13 years of service.

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