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Moravian College Tuition to Increase 3.8%—Second Lowest in 25 Years

The Moravian College Board of Trustees approved an increase of 3.8 percent in full-time tuition for the 1999-2000 academic and budget year. For a typical student, tuition, room, board, and activities fees will total $24,753 for the 1999-2000 school year, a four percent increase over the current year. This marks the second lowest percentage increase in 25 years.

The College has made considerable progress in recent years to improve the distinction, quality, and value of the educational experience at Moravian. It has put in place a new strategic plan, revised its general education curriculum, and greatly improved its facilities, particularly the student residences. "We have been able to sustain such development and growth in recent years with tuition and fee charges that have remained at or below those of our peer institutions," said college president Dr. Ervin J. Rokke. "Next year's charges will be consistent with that effort; we will continue to limit rising tuition costs through greater operating efficiencies, the best possible returns on endowment, and increased donations to our annual fund. In addition, we will maintain our commitment to financial aid for our students,"

Moravian has begun an active, wide-ranging search for ways and means to improve every aspect of College and student life. Since October 1998, a Commission on the Future -- made up of trustees, parents, alumni, and friends of the College -- has conducted a sweeping external assessment of the college’s strategic goals and initiatives. The Commission's task forces have actively explored student development, the learning environment, community and diversity, global engagement, and history and traditions at Moravian College, with the ambitious goal of charting a course for the College into the new millennium. The commission will complete its work later this year, but its fresh perspectives, wealth of ideas, and applied resources have already begun to energize the Moravian campus community.

In what is perhaps the most important academic development at Moravian College in its recent history, the faculty has approved a new general education curriculum that will emphasize and promote interdisciplinary study, problem solving, clear writing and speaking, and computer literacy. Implementation planning for the new curriculum is underway.

In January, the College broke ground on construction of new student residences for that will house more than 100 upperclass students. The new housing units will be ready for occupancy by fall term this year. The design and layout of these residences -- townhouse-style with single bedrooms -- were based on student preferences. Construction has also begun on an addition to the Collier Hall of Science, to house the department offices for the new nursing major program in partnership with St. Luke's Hospital.