SVSU planning tuition freeze for 2020-21


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Saginaw Valley State College President Donald Bachand introduced plans to freeze tuition for the upcoming educational 12 months in a message to the campus neighborhood on Friday, Might 1.

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“I’m recommending to our Board of Management that we freeze tuition for the 2020-21 educational 12 months,” Bachand stated. “Many households are going through monetary challenges. That is a technique wherein we will help college students and households and supply some reassurance to them. On-line charges will probably be eliminated to make sure that an SVSU diploma stays reasonably priced and inside attain. Whereas this resolution finally rests with our Board, you will need to make our intentions clear in order that college students and households can plan.”

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Bachand additionally introduced that he and different SVSU executives will probably be taking pay cuts.

“I will probably be taking a pay reduce of 10%, efficient instantly. Our different senior government and management groups will probably be taking pay cuts of 5% to 10%, as effectively. It’s the proper and accountable factor to do as we construct a funds that also incorporates many variables,” he stated.

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All SVSU courses for the spring and summer time have been moved on-line, and on-line charges have been waived. The spring time period begins Might 11, and the summer time time period begins June 29.


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Presently, greater than 100 SVSU employees members are on momentary COVID-19 go away. Some are on full-time go away, whereas others are on partial go away and dealing diminished hours. The college is continuous medical insurance protection for all affected staff.

College preparations proceed to welcome college, employees and college students again to campus in phases, as soon as this may be completed safely. A number of inner groups have been established to develop plans for reopening campus exercise, each within the short-term and for the autumn semester.

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“Our college students wish to return to their college within the fall,” Bachand stated. “They’re displaying this by means of their actions. We now have obtained extra housing deposits from returning college students than had been obtained than at the moment final 12 months. That is really outstanding, given what number of questions stay unanswered and what number of households are in monetary misery. It demonstrates a present of religion from our college students, and it ought to renew religion in all of us.”

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SVSU’s scheduled graduation workout routines for Friday, Might eight and Saturday, Might 9 have been postponed. The college will probably be honoring Might and August graduates in a digital celebration Friday, Might eight at 5 p.m. Data will probably be posted at www.svsu.edu/commencement.


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– Processed by Victoria Ritter, vritter@mdn.internet

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