Here's an idea for the brass at UHV (not originally mine but I have seen other schools do this): charge one tuition and fees for 12-18 hours per semester. Anything outside this range is either less or extra.
stops the confusion between 12, 15, 18 hours and you might actually get kids to take more hours and graduate on time.
Oh but that is a myth in itself, as it used to take 4 years to get out of school at 12 hours a semester now 12 hours a semester means you graduate in 5 years as most programs now require 120 hours to graduate.
This is a pretty good racket going on here.
To clear up the confusion with the numbers that Ms. Bell added to the article, UHV tuition and fees for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student taking 12 hours is $2,363 PER SEMESTER (not for the whole year). You can view UHV's 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 tuition and fees chart here: http://www.uhv.edu/tuition_fees.aspx.
For the Jaguar Pledge, Ms. Bell took an old figure from a March 21, 2011, UHV press release (http://www.uhv.edu/car/newswire/relea...) when the university announced the Jaguar Pledge. That press release stated that 2011-2012 freshmen "could save at least $3,698 in tuition and fees over two school years if they take 15 HOURS each fall and spring semester at UHV. The savings is calculated based on 2010-2011 tuition and fee rates." At the time the press release came out, 2011-2012 tuition and fee rates had not been set.
So there are several problems with the figures added to the article: Tuition and fees are being compared between two separate school years. The first figure states that it is the cost for an entire school year when it actually is the cost for only a semester. The last problem is that one figure assumes a student is taking 12 hours per semester, while the other is based on a student taking 15 hours per semester.
Okay, I am absolutely confused. It's relatively early in the morning, and perhaps my math skills are asleep, but here is my question:
The first set of numbers quoted in the article say the UHV website notes that the annual tuition and fees for incoming freshmen is $2,363. The free tuition/fees program is for two years, which comes out to $4,726. That is full tuition/fees.
The next set of numbers talks about the Jaguar Pledge:
"The Jaguar Pledge guarantees qualifying freshmen and sophomores aid that covers about a third of their tuition and fees, or about $3,698 over two years."
Okay, if $3,698 is only ONE-THIRD of their tuition and fees over two years, the total of tuition and fees over two years is $11,094.
So, what is the actual cost of two years of tuition at UHV? It seems these are vastly differing sets of numbers, numbers that students and/or their parents need to explore before just accepting this article at face value as a wonderful thing. I would have expected the reporter would have caught this discrepancy and done a little more investigation before this article was put out to the public.
This would be great news but it's too bad UHV's agreement with Victoria College prohibits the University from helping students in the Victoria area who cannot benefit from this program as a result.
I would guess this program is most likely being supported by local donations.
If you'll recall from the downward expansion hearings, that agreement was one of the stipulations for UHV expansion as set by the Board of Regents.
Thanks again UH System and Welcome Wilson for stacking the deck against UHV and hurting Victoria and the surrounding region, which has a very low education attainment level.