Archive for Friday, December 21, 2007

University housing rates set to rise

Board of Regents approves increase of 4 to 6 percent

December 21, 2007


Rising rates for Kansas University residence halls

The cost of living in KU's residence halls is going up next year. Here are some of the old and new rates*.

Unrenovated double rm¢ $3,224 (2007-08)¢ $3,386 (2008-09)¢ 5.0% increase

Renovated double with sink¢ $3,960 (2007-08)¢ $4,232 (2008-09)¢ 6.9% increase

Stouffer Place 1 BR¢ $294/mo. (2007-08)¢ $305/mo. (2008-09)¢ 3.8% increase

Jayhawker Towers (2 residents)¢ $4,508 (2007-08)¢ $4,734 (2008-09)¢ 5.0% increase

New scholarship halls¢ $2,876 (2007-08)¢ $3,106 (2008-09)¢ 8.0% increase

* None of these rates includes the price of food, set to increase about 6 percent.

Source: Kansas Board of Regents

— Housing rates on regents university campuses are going up again.

At its meeting Thursday, the Kansas Board of Regents approved an average increase of between 4 and 6 percent for all six state universities. Kansas University's rate increase varied from as little as 2.5 percent in the Sunflower Apartments to as much as 8 percent in certain scholarship halls.

While the matter did not garner much additional attention this month after having first been brought up in November, Regent Gary Sherrer, citing statistics from an article in Thursday's Journal-World, said he did not have enough information to support the rate increase.

"I'm asked today to raise the cost of going to college for our students," Sherrer said. "And I have no idea whether there was a loss last year, or was there a profit? I have zippo on that, and that's not a basis for which I can vote for something. It's just too little information."

In November, Sherrer had asked questions about the audited financial statements of the housing operations; but board staff did not have answers at this meeting. Sherrer specifically asked for how the reserve fund levels had changed year-over-year and what the housing operations' net profit, or loss, was in the last year.

Regent Dan Lykins, while agreeing with Sherrer that more information would be beneficial, said he was supporting the increase because in some cases, the students had asked for the services leading to the increase.

Rec Center named

KU also received permission Thursday to name the Student Recreation Fitness Center on campus.

The 100,000-square-foot building, funded by student fees and currently undergoing an expansion, will be named after David Ambler, KU's former vice chancellor of student affairs.

Mary Chappell, KU's director of recreation services, said last week that the idea to name the building after Ambler originated with students and staff. The name will be formally unveiled next fall when KU dedicates the 44,000-square-foot expansion.

Hemenway gets credit

Kansas State President Jon Wefald heaped praise on KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway for hiring KU football coach Mark Mangino and basketball coach Bill Self.

"I called Mark Mangino three weeks ago to compliment him on the season he's had," Wefald said. "And he was very complimentary toward Chancellor Hemenway."

Wefald pointed out that it wasn't Athletic Director Lew Perkins who brought either Self or Mangino to Kansas, but rather it was Hemenway.

"The AD there now is great, but he inherited Mark Mangino and Bill Self," Wefald said.


penguin 10 years, 4 months ago

Actually Wefald there was an Football Coach Search Committee of Faculty, Staff, Students, and other interested parties that did the heavy lifting to hire Coach Mangino. Also that committee was headed by none other than Al "The Dove" Bohl.

BigDog 10 years, 4 months ago

What percentage college students complete their degree is more telling than how many finish in 4 years. Many students at Kansas universities (and universities around the country) take more than 4 years to complete their degree so this isn't a good measure of outcomes.

fletch 10 years, 4 months ago

Keep in mind that nearly a third of student have to enroll in remedial math (Math 002) at KU because they are so far behind coming out of high school. There's no remedial English, but it's not a stretch to see the numbers being very similar. Kansas public schools are generally not doing a great job graduating capable seniors (and those with high score tend to leave the state for economic and social reasons).

penguin 10 years, 4 months ago

I have to agree someone who just finished a semester working with high school senior English students...most Kansas students are not prepared for college. There are a number of problems that run the spectrum from not being exposed to high-level lit (because parents don't want Johnny or Jane reading any lit with dirty words or just lack of resources) to schools merely focused on pushing students through to a high school diploma without thinking of their future.

In addition, there are claims of the growing teacher shortage in Kansas. This might seem ample time to bring in fresh blood. However, when other states are offering higher salaries, loan repayment, and other benefits. As a result, it is hard to recruit let alone retain quality teachers. It is the classic situation of lets fix the problem, but we have no real monetary backing to those solutions.

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