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Indiana University president appoints new Academic Tuition and Fees Task Force

For Immediate Release Apr 7, 2022

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At the direction of President Pamela Whitten, Indiana University has established an Academic Tuition and Fees Task Force. This committee will be tasked with developing recommendations to simplify the biennial process of setting undergraduate tuition and fees, ensuring more transparency for students around the rates, and finding ways to minimize overall costs of attendance for students.

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A new committee will simplify the process of setting tuition and fees, ensure transparency around rates and reduce costs for students.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

Under state law, public institutions in Indiana must set undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee rates for a two-year period following the legislative approval of a biennial state budget in odd-numbered years. While this lets institutions consider the level of state funding when determining tuition and fees, Whitten has heard feedback about the opaque nature of the process as she’s met with students and parents. Tuition and fees for the current and next academic years were set in June 2021 and will likely be reconsidered for the following two academic years in June 2023.

With more than a year to plan, Whitten has asked Dwayne Pinkney, executive vice president for finance and administration, to assemble and chair the task force. Co-chairs include Rahul Shrivastav, executive vice president and IU Bloomington provost; Andy Klein, interim executive vice president and IUPUI chancellor; and Sue Sciame-Giesecke, incoming vice president for regional campuses and online education. The task force will be charged with developing a student-centric process to help inform the president and Board of Trustees as they contemplate tuition and fee changes for adoption in June 2023.

Committee members include:

  • Dwayne Pinkney, executive vice president for finance and administration.
  • Rahul Shrivastav, executive vice president and IU Bloomington provost.
  • Andy Klein, interim executive vice president and IUPUI chancellor.
  • Sue Sciame-Giesecke, incoming vice president for regional campuses and online education.
  • Brenda Stopher, chief of staff in the Office of the President.
  • Philemon Yebei, assistant vice president for administration in university academic affairs.
  • Sam Adams, associate vice president for budget and planning.
  • Camy Broeker, vice chancellor for finance and administration at IUPUI.
  • Aimee Heeter, associate vice provost and director of budgetary administration and planning at IU Bloomington.
  • Brittany Hubbard, associate treasurer and university bursar.
  • Robin Newhouse, dean of the IU School of Nursing.
  • Marietta Simpson, Distinguished Rudy Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music at IU Bloomington.
  • Jim Kennedy, associate vice president for university student services and systems.
  • Andrew Gavrin, associate director of FACET and director of the Mack Center for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning.

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