MTU Adds Cybersecurity, Applied Physics Degrees; Tuition To Rise 4.8%

HOUGHTON — At a meeting of Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees on Friday, April 29, the Board celebrated nearly 1,000 students who will be awarded degrees at Spring Commencement on Saturday, April 30, including more than 200 graduate students.

Two New Graduate Programs

At the meeting, the board approved two new degree programs, a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a PhD in Applied Physics.

The MS in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program involving faculty from the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and from the School of Technology. The program is expected to broaden students’ opportunity for future career development.

The PhD in Applied Physics is a spinoff of the Physics Department’s current PhD in Engineering Physics. It will replace the Engineering Physics program, broadening the scope of that program to meet the needs of students focusing on interdisciplinary areas of engineering and science, including nanotechnology, photonics, plasmonics and biophysics.

Operating Fund Budget

The board approved a general operating fund budget of $200,057,777 for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The operating budget is based on anticipated state appropriations of $48,854,700, approximately 4.3 percent more than last year.

Included in the budget is an average 4.8 percent increase in tuition and fees, meeting the requirements of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed tuition cap. In-state tuition and fees for first-year students will increase by 2.4 percent, with the increase for upperclassmen totaling 6.9 percent. Graduate tuition will increase by 5 percent.

The board authorized the university administration to revise the operating budget to reflect any change in anticipated state appropriations or tuition cap.

“If the state appropriations or tuition cap situations change, Michigan Tech will revise the budget and notify the Board,” said President Glenn Mroz.

Both board chair Julie Fream and Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz paid tribute to Dale Tahtinen, retiring vice president for governmental affairs and secretary to the board of trustees.

“We want to thank Dale for his 25 years of distinguished service,” said Fream. “Dale’s guiding influence, his gift in being able to size up a situation and provide sage advice, and his ability to diffuse most any situation have been tremendous assets to the Board.

Mroz added:  “We are so grateful to Dale for all that he has done for Michigan Tech through the years.” Those present then gave Tahtinen a standing ovation.

In other business, the board elected former ESD president Terry Woychowski as board chair and Linda Kennedy vice chair, and Roberta Dessellier as board secretary, replacing Tahtinen.

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