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Archive for Friday, June 26, 1998

REGENTS GIVE NOD TO TUITION INCREASE

June 26, 1998

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— The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 2.4 percent tuition increase, which is expected to generate $4.3 million in revenue.

Full-time undergraduate students at Kansas and Kansas State University who are residents of the state will pay $1,044.75 per semester in tuition during fall 1999, members of the Kansas Board of Regents determined Thursday.

The increase is a $39 jump over this fall's tuition, and at 2.4 percent, is expected to be right in line with the estimated rate of inflation.

At the regents last meeting of the fiscal year, which ends Tuesday, the plan received backing from the Budget Development and Tuition Committee, the Council of Presidents, which is chaired by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, and the Student Advisory Committee, made up of student leaders from the various campuses.

Resident graduate students at KU will see their tuition go up from $1,200 per semester to $1,240.80. For non-residents, the rates will be $4,346.25 for undergraduates and $4,051.80 for graduate students.

Coupled with a $1 per-credit-hour technology fee renewed by the board Thursday, the increase will put an additional $6.3 million in the universities' coffers.

Regent Ken Havner, chair of the board's Budget Development and Tuition Committee, told his peers Thursday morning that the jump was the smallest in 15 years. In 1996, the regents approved a 4.0 percent increase, and last year they approved a 2.8 percent increase to take effect this fall.

Because the increase this year matched the rate of inflation, the regents will seek to bolster state support through an 8 percent increase in overall operating budgets.

A smaller increase or no increase in tuition coupled with stagnant state funding, Hemenway said, would amount to a major budget cut for a system that is moderately priced compared to other states. Kansas ranks seventh in the nation in the number of students per capita taking advantage of higher education, while the state ranks 32nd in terms of cost per student.

``What you get is a very high-access, high-quality, low-cost system,'' Hemenway said. ``That's one of the successes of the regents system.''

The budget also includes a recommendation of 7.6 percent salary increases for unclassified staff members, predominantly faculty members. The request is part of the regents aggressive plan to narrow the 11 to 12 percent gap between regents faculty salaries and those of peer institutions.

In addition, tuition for KU's law school will go up to $100 per credit hour for the classes of 2001 and 2002, and a special master's in business administration program at KU will now garner a $55 per-credit-hour fee.

Tuition at the KU School of Medicine will increase from $4,698 to $4,826.

-- Matt Gowen's phone message number is 832-7222. His e-mail address is mgowen@ljworld.com.

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