To the editor:
Tuition at Kansas University has been increased repeatedly. The standards for admission have been raised significantly. The contribution to KU from the state budget is expected to be reduced for next year. The present political climate will work to perpetuate reduced state financing.
Taken together, these changes point to a basic change in trend. The enrollment at KU will decrease rather than increase.
Have those individuals and companies that do business with KU, with its faculty and staff and with its students prepared contingency plans for the effect of reduced enrollment upon them? Have city, county and school board officials made contingency plans? They, too, will be affected.
Sports that are relatively well funded in these times will obscure this change in the media and, perhaps, in the public mind. Yet a change in enrollment trend will have multiple effects on our entire community.