Regents Set 2000-2001 Tuition and Fees, Approve Law Center Budget

Sept. 17, 1999

by Larry D. Brumley

Baylor University's Board of Regents set tuition and fees for the 2000-2001 academic year and approved the construction budget for the new Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center during its September meeting today.

Tuition will rise to $355 per semester hour next year, a 7.9 percent increase over the current rate of $329 per semester hour. Charges for room and board will increase by 7 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively.

President Robert B. Sloan Jr. told regents that Baylor continues to be recognized as one of the most efficient universities in the country and works hard to manage expenditures in a way that maximizes the quality of educational programs and student services.

"When you compare Baylor's tuition and fees to costs at other major private universities, we still qualify as a great value," he said. "But in order to maintain and even enhance that value, we must ensure that the quality of our programs keeps pace. Balancing affordability with our academic aspirations is a challenge, but Baylor is committed to achieving that balance."

The approved construction budget for the new Law Center, which will be located on the Brazos River just off of University Parks Drive, is $30 million. The ceremonial groundbreaking for the new facility was held last April during Law Day festivities. The 125,000-square-foot Law Center is named for Law School graduate and Beaumont attorney Walter Umphrey and his wife, Sheila.

Umphrey gave the lead gift of $10 million for the project. Law graduates John Eddie Williams and Harold Nix, who worked with Umphrey on the State of Texas case against the tobacco industry, gave $5 million each to the new Law Center.

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