Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- In its first meeting of the new year, James Madison University's board of visitors looked at how to improve the school.
They discussed strategic planning for the years 2014 - 2020 and approved it.
"Which would include the mission, vision, core qualities and the university goals," said Don Egle, who is a spokesman for James Madison University.
They also reviewed Terry McAuliffe's proposed budget, which impacts the state school's funding, Egle thinks that could be good news.
"For possible bonuses for state employees, but until the General Assembly does their work, we don't really know what that looks like," said Egle.
The meeting comes one day after first lady Michelle Obama announced that she wants to encourage young people to pursue higher education.
She is now calling on colleges and universities to take an active role in helping students.
"Listen to what the University of Minnesota is doing. They're committing to expand those services to include financial literacy programs to help student and their families," said Michelle Obama.
James Madison University is struggling to make college more affordable for its students.
"We would love to see that financial aid support number for JMU in the state budget for JMU and higher education to be higher," said Egle.
Even though financial aid numbers are not where JMU would like them to be, there was a tuition increase for the current school year.
"Making sure you are offering an education that is of great value to our students is always a priority," said Egle.
The board of visitors expects to make a decision regarding tuition fees for next year at its meeting in April.
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