By Ed Tate and John Camper, UIC News Bureau Housing and meal rates and student fees for UI students at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago will be going up slightly in the next academic year. University trustees, meeting at UIC on April 13, approved proposed increases of 6.9 percent in the service and general fees for UIC students and 6.6 percent for the same at Urbana- Champaign. The greatest hike, 14.8 percent, was in the student health fee at Chicago, while the same charge will rise 1.6 percent at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to the unanimous vote in favor of the fee and rate hikes, student members of the committees on both campuses that produced the proposals explained the process used to incorporate student opinion in establishing student activity budgets. Housing rates at UIUC will increase from 3.5 percent for undergraduate housing to 6.6 percent for graduate halls. At UIC, residence hall rates will increase 2 percent; single student residences will increase 4 percent next year. Coupled with the 3.5 percent increase in tuition for most UI students, the cost of attending either campus - depending on their year in school - will rise 3.5 percent to 5.1 percent for students in Chicago and, for students at Urbana- Champaign, 3.5 to 5.4 percent. A Framework for the Future ------------------------------ The high quality of the UI at Urbana- Champaign is "at risk," Chancellor Michael Aiken told the UI Board of Trustees on April 12. Aiken made the comment as he and Provost Larry Faulkner described the campus' strategic plan, "A Framework for the Future," to the board's Academic Affairs Committee. "This is one of the few institutions in the nation, of the quality it has, that is funded by the public," Aiken said, mentioning Michigan, Wisconsin-Madison and California- Berkeley among the few state-supported universities in UIUC's league. "That is a great legacy," he said, "but that legacy is at some risk at this point." The risk results from uncertainties in funding and from demographic and technological change, he said. The strategic plan, he said, will help answer the questions: "How do we maintain the quality of this institution and its faculty? "What do we have to do to reinvigorate the mission of teaching, research and public service?" In response to a question from Trustee Ada Lopez, Aiken acknowledged that the campus does not do as much as it should to reward good teaching. Campus policies call for taking teaching into account in hiring, promoting and granting tenure to faculty, he said. "Most of the standards are there," Aiken said. "We just don't always live up to them." He recalled recently receiving "a dossier on a person we wanted to hire. There was not a word on what kind of teacher he was." Faulkner noted that the strategic plan calls for creating a Teaching Advancement Board "to bring the same kind of prestige to the teaching function that we've manifested for the research function." He said he hoped the board would raise private money to fund innovative teaching experiments. Though most trustees praised the new report, Trustee William Engelbrecht, R-Henry, complained that the document lacked focus. "I keep trying to look in here to find the strategy for the university," he said. "What is it that the university wants to do or become or evolve into? I couldn't find it here." In other business ... --------------------- Trustees approved "cost recovery" tuition and fee increases for several UIUC programs, among them the executive MBA, which will raise the total cost by 6.3 percent to $15,200 annually. Contracts totaling $1.2 million for the Engineering Quadrangle at Urbana were approved by the board, as was a $2.1 million contract for repair and replacement of roofs on several buildings. Trustees approved a nearly $700,000 project to remodel the third floor of the Roger Adams Laboratory for the biochemistry department, and they approved a $350,000 increase in the Temple Hoyne Buell Hall project, raising the cost to almost $14 million. They also approved a nearly $113,000 increase in the cost of making renovations to ClarkHall, most relating to compliance with the American With Disabilities Act. The board ratified spending $1.7 million in UIC College of Medicine funds on the Molecular Biology Research Facility to develop eight new laboratories in the building. The cost for the Chicago project is now nearly $54 million. Medical Center ----------------- To cut costs, state officials want to move Medicaid patients into managed care, so thousands of public-aid recipients may be joining the UIC HMO, and that worries university trustees. But unless that moves takes place, UIC officials warn, the current flow from Medicaid of about $50 million per year could be imperiled. If the state's Medicaid plan is put into effect, the UIC HMO could see an increase in revenues from about $7 million per year to perhaps $120-180 million as a result of enrolling 150,000 or more people from Medicaid, according to R.K. Dieter Haussmann, vice chancellor for health services. UI trustees expressed considerable concern about potential financial exposure. "I don't want to see the business operation putting the rest of the university at risk," said Trustee Jeffrey Gindorf, D- Crystal Lake. UIC Chancellor James Stukel responded that administrators are developing a plan to insulate the university's budget from the HMO operation. The expanded UIC HMO would be administered by Advocate Health Care, the new entity formed by the merger of EHS Health Care and Lutheran General.