The Cornell University Board of Trustees will convene today at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College in New York City for its first meeting of the new year.
The full board will meet tomorrow to discuss various University matters, such as the 2002-03 tuition rates for the endowed colleges, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Art, Architecture and Planning and the School of Hotel Administration.
The board will vote to increase the endowed colleges’ tuition rates for the upcoming academic year, said Henrik N. Dullea ’61, vice president for University relations. The current tuition rate of $25,970 represents a 4.9 percent increase from the previous year’s fees.
In addition to the full board meeting, individual committees will meet today and tomorrow.
The Buildings and Properties Committee will discuss ongoing construction projects today. The committee will focus on the status of the Life Sciences Technology Building, according to Dullea.
The Life Sciences Technology Building represents the University’s committment to genomics research and teaching, according to the Cornell Genomics Initiative. The estimated cost of the facility exceeds $100 million. Although the originally proposed site for the building was Alumni Fields, a recommendation to the committee in October to relocate the facility has delayed the final decision.
The Land Grant and Statutory College Affairs Committee will also meet today to dicuss the 2002-03 tuition rates for the contract colleges, which include the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Human Ecology and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The New York State Legislature in Albany will finalize the statutory colleges’ tution rates later this spring.
The committee will also discuss the status of the Martha Van Rensselaer North wing construction. The building was shut down last summer when experts determined that the newly finished North wing’s floor slabs did not meet the current State Building Code.
“SUNY leadership and the State University Construction Fund have agreed to take down the existing North wing and build a new building,” Dullea said. The estimated cost of the facility exceeds $30 million.
The Committee on Academic Affairs and Campus Life will also covene today to consider whether to establish a bachelor of arts degree program in religious studies.
Archived article by Stephanie Hankin