The Future of Coach Gillispie and Tuition Rates Up for Discussion

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Increased designated tuition and Billy Gillispie are two agenda items bound to draw attention at the Texas A&M System Board of Regents meeting.

Regents will meet Thursday and Friday, March 29-30, in the board meeting room and room 292 of the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus.

Regents are expected to vote on proposed changes regarding increased designated tuition.

In February, the university's Tuition Policy Advisory Council laid out its recommendations for Fiscal Year 2008.
That includes a possible increase per semester credit hour of upwards of $27 for the upcoming fall semester.

The following institutions are under consideration: Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, West Texas A&M University, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center (College of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Rural Public Health, and Baylor College of Dentistry).

Besides tuition, the board will consider an amended employment contract with men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie. There have been rumors swirling on whether Gillispie will head elsewhere or stick with the maroon and white.

The board will also consider authorizing the acceptance and placement of a sculpture at the Becky Gates Children's Center at Texas A&M University.

The board will also decide whether or not to adopt several resolutions, including one in memory of former Texas A&M head basketball coach, Shelby Metcalf, who died Feb. 8, 2007.