Applicant diversity rising at UD, housing and meal costs to rise

By Tom Lehman 9:46pm, May 7, 2013 - Updated 3:18pm, May 8, 2013
UD President Harker addresses the Board of Trustees.
Administrators at the University of Delaware weigh in on the school's attempts at increasing diversity at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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UD President Patrick Harker says that when the school began its "Path to Prominence" five years ago, the school needed to improve the diversity of its student body.

"There was clearly concern in 2008 that UD students didn't reflect the diversity of the region--they still don't. But our strong trend toward representation is holding," Harker says.

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That trend includes increases of applications from minorities, including a seven percent among African American applicants nine-percent increase from prospective Hispanic students.

Admissions Director Jose Aviles says the school received more than 26,000 applications from more than 46 states and 40 countries.

"It represents one of the most diverse applicant pools we have ever received with 24 percent of our applicants identifying themselves as students of color or international students," Aviles says.

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Housing, meal costs to rise

UD students will be paying more for housing and meals costs when classes resume after this summer.

The board approved a 3.5 percent increase in meal plan costs and a 4.5 percent rise in the cost for traditional residence hall rooms.

Full-time graduate students will also pay a recreation fee of $50 per semester that was also approved at the meeting. Part-time graduate students who opt in will be charged $25 per semester.

However, board member Ruly Carpenter, who chair's the Student Life and Athletics committee says the hikes are the smallest increases in recent years and other fees won't be rising.

"There will be no increases in the student comprehensive, student health or university student center fees. That's also a first, I think, since I've been around," Carpenter says.

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Football coach wants "culture of accountability"

Board members also learned that the school’s new football coach wants to improve his players’ academic performance.

Carpenter says Dave Brock has spoke with his group about the need to create a "culture of accountability" on both the field and in the classroom.

He reports the football team’s cumulative G.P.A. sits at 2.354.

"Coach Brock believes we're going to have to a better job allocating our resources for tutoring in order to try and get this team GPA up to a higher level," Carpenter says

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Brock was named head coach of UD's football team in January and replaced longtime coach K.C. Keeler, who was fired earlier that month.

Civil rights pioneer Redding to be honored

The Board of Trustees also approved a resolution naming one of the university's new east campus residence halls after civil rights advocate and lawyer Louis Redding.

Redding was a participant in the legal case that led to the desegregation of the university and was the first African American admitted to the Delaware Bar. He died in 1998.

The other building will be named after UD's first and third president, Eliphant Gilbert.

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