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K-State releases proposals for $8 million in budget cuts, $7 million new tuition revenue

February 23, 2010

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— Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz is proposing nearly $8 million in budget cuts in the next two years.

Schulz on Monday also released proposals for more than $7 million in revenue increases.

The university says the recommendations would create a pool of money to help maintain or restore basic operations.

The proposals include elimination of Targeted Excellence programs, which directs funds to selected academic areas. Schulz also proposed 10 percent per year reductions in funds for the athletics department and the National Institute For Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization.

And Schulz proposed $5 million in tuition surcharges for 2011, and a tuition "adjustment" to raise more than $2 million.

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yourworstnightmare 4 years, 1 month ago

"I think many people would discover they'd be better off financially if they dug ditches instead of getting a degree."

Agreed. A university education is not for everyone. Since the state has shirked its responsibility in making higher education affordable, some will not be able to attend because of financial reasons.

If the state gave enough money to the universities to operate, then tuition would remain low. As it is, the state is asking the universities to operate more like a business.

What business would charge less for its product than the cost of making the product? Only one that did not remain in business long.

A university education is expensive to produce. Expect to pay accordingly.

It isn't free.

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Shardwurm 4 years, 1 month ago

Tuition has increased 400 percent above inflation since 1980.

And they want more.

In fact, when I started school at KSU the tuition was a flat rate - I paid a $365 for as many hours as I wanted to take.

Doesn't matter what school your allegiance is with, the cost of an education for the middle class is getting to the point where the payback time is measured in decades (or never) for many degrees.

They should be required to give a disclosure when you declare your major and tell you what someone with X degree makes on average and how that compares with becoming a laborer.

I think many people would discover they'd be better off financially if they dug ditches instead of getting a degree. That's where we find ourselves - especially in this economy. We're producing some well-educated bartenders though!

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LogicMan 4 years, 1 month ago

If KSU will be seeking a big tuition increase, then KU will most likely too.

LJW: KSU's tuition increase represents what percent increase in & out of state? Thanks.

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Shane Garrett 4 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, go ahead with those farm jokes. KSU is getting a new grain mill built for grain milling, which includes grains for brewing, and of course for bread. Oh, yeah something about all that construction for NBAF will be happening. New leadership studies building is almost complete. The new childhood development center is comming along nicely. Looking forward to March 3rd as that will surely define a college.

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kusp8 4 years, 1 month ago

As long as the tractor pulling team stays fully funded I'm happy. Is that because it makes it infinitely easier to make fun of them? Absolutely.

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hammerhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

I think k-sate ought to cut out football and basketball to save some money. Hey, who cares about kstate and the horse they rode in on??!!

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