Clemson names finalists for provost/VP of academic affairs
Clemson University has narrowed the search to fill its newly created second-in-command to the president job to three finalists, each from a different section of the country, all with backgrounds in science.
Named as finalists for the position of executive vice president for academic affairs and provost are: Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame; Robert Jones, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University; and Sheryl Tucker, dean of the graduate college and interim vice president for research and technology transfer at Oklahoma State University.
Nadim M. Aziz, a civil engineering professor at Clemson, has been serving as interim vice president for academic affairs since the departure of Doris Helms, who retired a year ago.
Clemson tuition to increase by 3 percent this fall
Clemson’s trustees have approved a 3 percent tuition increase for students this fall.
University officials say the increases will help offset state-mandated pay raises for employees as well as additional costs for workers’ retirement benefits and health insurance.
In-state students will see a 2.6 percent tuition increase of $171 per semester, plus pay a $25 charge for facilities maintenance.
Out-of-state students will pay 2.8 percent more for tuition, or $432 per semester, plus a $55 facilities fee.
The university says those fee increases, coupled with expected enrollment growth, should generate about $11 million.
Student housing and meal plans will increase an average of 2.3 percent, though actual costs will vary depending on selections.
Last week, University of South Carolina trustees also raised tuition by 3 percent for this fall.
Francis Marion MBA goes online
Francis Marion University in Florence says the university’s master of business administration program is going online.
The (Florence) Morning News reports that students in the program have had to attend two classes a week on campus since 1987.
Beginning this fall, students will be able to study at their convenience online. They will still need to meet face-to-face with professors on up to three Saturdays during the semester.
The university says the change comes after nearly two years of studying the needs of MBA students.
Barry O’Brien, the dean of the business school, says students with 9 to 5 jobs and other commitments find it difficult to attend classes two nights a week.