Student fee increase to fund new UAFS fitness facility

A new online university and many new degree programs were approved at last week's meeting of the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees meeting. But not much discussed was a fee to fund a new fitness facility at the system's Fort Smith campus.

A request from UAFS Chancellor Dr. Paul Beran was approved unanimously and will add a fee that equals $5 per credit hour to each class taken by a student.

According to UAFS.edu, the new facility will house a 5,800 square foot fitness area, a 2,600 square foot individual and small group fitness area, along with three studio rooms and a possible two-story rock wall.

Additionally, the facility will house two full-size basketball courts and a three lane track on the second floor above the basketball courts.

The new recreation center, as well as a new visual arts building, are the first two buildings to receive approval for construction as part of the university's latest master plan, which was revealed to the public in 2013.

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The existing fitness and recreation facility was renovated and opened to the public in May 2006. A site for the new facility has not been announced.

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