Wayne State’s Board of Governors (BOG) approved measures during its regular June 21 meeting ranging from fiscal year 2020 tuition and fees, the university’s campus master plan and a Beyond Juice restaurant lease.
Campus Master Plan
Wayne State’s campus master plan, and its use as a guide for campus development over the next 10 years, was approved. Last summer the BOG approved the expenditure of university funds to hire a consultant team to undertake a new quantitatively based campus master plan with a 10-year planning horizon. The consultant team began their work in August 2018 and over the past 10 months engaged with more than 900 people through surveys, focus groups, public forums, media and one-on-one conversations. Along with a comprehensive space utilization analysis, the process has resulted in the development of a number of organizing ideas and strategic goals that will guide the university in the future.
A 3.2% tuition increase for both undergraduate and graduate students was approved for fiscal year 2019-20. A corresponding 3.2% increase in financial aid to help offset the tuition increase was also approved by the board. The increase, about $2.9 million, will bring the annual institutionally funded financial aid to $81.7 million.
Beyond Juice, the quick service restaurant, will occupy 1,662 square feet on the first floor of the 11-story Anthony Wayne Apartments center tower. A 10-year lease, with two additional five-year options to renew, was approved by the BOG with Detroit Hotshots WSU, LLC, a Michigan limited liability company doing business as Beyond Juice. The restaurant, which has seven locations in the greater Detroit market and another eight franchised units opening by the end of 2019, sells primarily healthy smoothies, juices, acai smoothie bowls, salads, wraps, sandwiches and side items, as well as non-alcoholic beverages made by Beyond Juicery + Eatery. An opening date is projected for November 2019.