Archive for Thursday, April 16, 2009

Regents affirm commitment to freezing tuition

Students enter the Kansas Union from the parking garage using the walkway, which connects the two buildings.

Students enter the Kansas Union from the parking garage using the walkway, which connects the two buildings.

April 16, 2009, 11:48 a.m. Updated April 16, 2009, 4:26 p.m.


KU tuition could undergo freeze

Tuition rates could stay the same from this year to next thanks to a one-year tuition freeze at KU. Enlarge video

— Members of the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday affirmed their commitment to a one-year tuition freeze for Kansas residents if current budget situations hold.

Regents said they could commit to the freeze if these three conditions are met:

• No further cuts are made to higher education.

• No additional unfunded mandates are included in the budget.

• The Legislature upholds the governor’s veto allowing stimulus dollars to be used for tuition relief.

“If any of those pieces fall out, the deal has to be off,” Regent Gary Sherrer said.

The board also called on state leaders to reconsider some existing unfunded mandates in the budget — mandates such as a 1 percent salary increase for employees with no additional money allocated for it. But the Regents did not make that a condition of the tuition freeze.

New state revenue estimates will be released today, and they’re expected to bring more bad news for budget makers.

As the Legislature reconvenes later in the month for its wrap-up session, the potential impact on the tuition freeze plan remains unclear.

Sherrer said that he anticipated that the upcoming budget year would be the toughest that any of the current regents or sitting university chief executives had faced.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, and nobody else does either,” he said. “It’s going to be all over the place and it isn’t going to be solved in two or three days, either.”


yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

What sense does this make to freeze a source of revenue when other sources are being cut?

The market dictates that institutions must do what is in their best interest to remain competitive and to provide a quality product. In this case, KU must raise tutition to offset other cuts, let alone to make things better at KU.

The market also dictates that if an institution goes too far, then people will stop buying their product. KU is nowhere close to this mark, as tuition has been steadily raised over the last 10 years and enrollments have gone up.

This tuition freeze is simply a political sop to the childish populists, especially those in the legislature, who want something for nothing.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

Grow up, Kansans. There is no free ride. If you want a quality research university in your state, you must pay for it.

Payment can be done by state appropriation or by tuition increases. Both cannot be frozen or reduced withot damaging the university.

Danimal 5 years, 8 months ago

Again I call BS. A few years ago KU was fine with jacking up tuition 7-14% a year. Tuition at KU has more than doubled in the last 10 years, and NOW they decide to freeze tuition hikes?

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 8 months ago

Let's not overlook the fact that this is coming from the Board of Regents, not the University.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

$750,000 would give a 1% raise to approximately 1000 KU employees.

rEaLiTyCk 5 years, 8 months ago

The Legislature upholds the governor’s veto allowing stimulus dollars to be used for tuition relief'...

and how does this stimulate the economy and create jobs? This money was targeted for deferred maintenance, now this will cut work/wages for the local A&E firms, contractors, etc. that had helped to go after these funds, not to dismiss that the proposed work would have reduced current energy consumption thus $$$ in utility bills ( building?) and further force wasted money on 'bandaide' maintenance on failing systems.

Atlas is Shrugging!

clyde_never_barks 5 years, 8 months ago

This will be real interesting when they get the message that the legislature is cutting even more money out of the FY 2010 - significantly more perhaps. How will KU ever pay for a new expensive Chancellor and Provost?

Nice job of hamstringing the institutions, Board of Regents.

Penguin - what say you?

Linda Aikins 5 years, 8 months ago

I think this is great - they are doing something FOR the kids and not AGAINST the kids. Everyone complains when they raise fees - now you have a chance to celebrate an actual good thing, and gripe gripe gripe comes out.

Good job Regents! Things like this will keep kids coming to KU, which is a great thing! We will be in trouble if they stop coming at all, 1% or not.

penguin 5 years, 8 months ago

I do not think this move would be necessary had the KU implemented a more modest growth strategy in regards to tuition during the first 5 year plan. They have scared the bejesus out of Kansans and KU folk until they offered the 4 year guaranteed tuition. The guaranteed tuition was a step to put a good PR spin on tuition increases and do them without anyone really noticing. Do not weep for KU they will still make their money when kids drop out anytime during their first two years at KU.

Students who came in this year are still paying for what they estimate tuition should be in 2011-2012. Remember they project out 4 years to develop the guaranteed tuition to ensure they don't lose money in the out years (years 3 and 4). So one year of freezing tuition is possible because they are always thinking of costs 4 years down the its 3. If this were to happen again I would be shocked.

The KSBOR has been on their soap box for years (ok until this year it has mainly just been Regent Shank). However, the economic situation gave them the firepower to finally curb tuition increases. This may be a BOR mandate, but that usually has about as much weight as a request. So kudos to the KSBOR for finally getting something they may want.

remember_username 5 years, 8 months ago

This is simple gibberish. An announcement put out the day before new state revenue estimates are released is nothing more than public posturing. Part of a transparent bargaining game. In effect -

"Revenue estimates are projected to worse than expected, and we anticipate the state legislators to call for further cuts. So we'll say up front that further cuts will result in a tuition increase. There - now it's the legislators fault if tuition goes up."

Funny thing about people is they'll posture all the way to an early end, oblivious to the fact that holding out for "more for me and mine" is what's finishing them. And I'm not just talking about academics or unions, but those tea party whiners who feel they're paying too much in taxes. If we spend all our efforts trying to cut the pie so no one else gets a bigger piece we'll be left with a gooey mess of fruit and dough that no person could divide.

james bush 5 years, 8 months ago

I wish information about the liberal arts departments/studies was readily available. Then it would be obvious that spending could be reduced by reductions in this area.

james bush 5 years, 8 months ago

What this country needs is more graduate federal grant request writers to be produced at KU.

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