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Some universities have reduced summer tuition as a way to expedite graduation rates (a unique problem for sure – make space for more to enter), but, regardless, NMSU could attempt a similar program as a way to retain and increase graduation.

A tuition driven model combined with a reduced tuition approach would allow students to take courses and provide faculty with nearly guaranteed summer employment. Also, by reducing the gap between the end of Spring Session (May 8th) and the start of Summer Session (May 28th – 2014-2015 Calendar) from 20 days to four (4) days the students could begin their courses while maintaining their housing and employment through the month of June and July. *These dates from 2014/15 are a representative segment.

UNDERGRADUATE: Using NMSU Summer 2014 Tuition as an example ($247.90/credit = $743.70 [3 credit course]) and reducing tuition by 30% ($173.53/credit = $520.59 [3 credit course]), undergraduate students could save $223.11 per course.

a) Then if faculty compensation were set at $7,000.00/ undergraduate course a minimum of 14 students would be required to cover the faculty salary.

b) If a course had more than 14 students then the additional tuition accrued could be shared between a College and NMSU (% TBD).

GRADUATE: Using NMSU Summer 2014 Tuition as an example ($267.90/credit = $803.70 [3 credit course]) and reducing tuition by 20% ($214.32/credit = $642.96 [3 credit course]), graduate students could save $160.74 per course.

a) Then if faculty compensation were set at $7,000.00/ graduate course a minimum of 11 students would be required to cover the faculty salary.

b) If a course had more than 11 students then the additional tuition accrued could be shared between a College and NMSU (% TBD).

NB. Clearly, College Deans could negotiate to provide faculty with additional compensation depending on budgets and student numbers from other courses taught in the summer (based on College & NMSU percentage shared).

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David Rutledge

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