Emporia — The Kansas Board of Regents today buckled to demands from the Kansas Legislature and agreed to raise tuition this fall by an extra 2 percent for nonresident, state university students.
The regent's were meeting at Emporia State University.
The action means out-of-state students attending Kansas University will face a total 10 percent tuition hike with just four months' notice.
Regent Frank Sabatini wasn't pleased with the Legislature's decision to reduce the regents appropriation from the state treasury by $1 million and informed the board that it could recover the money by hiking out-of-state tuition rates.
"WE'RE LETTING the state off the hook. I'm not sure it's the right decision for the long term," Sabatini said.
He said acceptance of the Legislature's move could set a precedent in which state lawmakers pass off to students more of the responsibility for financing regents universities.
In a related matter, the board's task force on tuition and fees made tentative recommendations for the 1994-95 academic year.
Under the proposal that will be forwarded to the regents in May, tuition at KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University would increase 9 percent for resident students and 13 percent for nonresident students.
At the three smallest regents universities Emporia State, Fort Hayes State and Pittsburg State tuition would climb 5 percent per resident student and 13 percent per nonresident student.
THE TASK FORCE also endorsed a proposal supported by KU Chancellor Gene Budig to devise a three-year plan that would put millions of dollars into faculty salary increases. These salary enhancements would be financed by student tuition increases.
Ray Hauke, regents budget director, said the goal of the program would be to increase faculty salaries to 100 percent of the average salary at selected peer universities in other states.
Budig said state university faculty aren't being compensated fairly at this time. He said KU faculty members earn, on average, 89 percent of the salary of a colleague at five peer universities.
"Faculty morale is fragile," Jon Wefald, KSU president, said. "This is a three-year plan that could give us light at the end of the tunnel."