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Letters to the Editor

Enrollment trend

February 18, 2011

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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.

Comments

davidsmom 3 years, 10 months ago

Reduced state aid and increased tuition is happening at institutions nationwide. Kansas is not unique. And the "new" admission standards are still very low. Low retention and graduation rates could be linked to low admission standards.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

This is merely one indicator of the race to the bottom that the Republican Party (along with blue-dog and DLC Democrats) have been promoting for the last 30 years. Post-secondary education is a particularly important target-- highly educated people are much harder to manipulate and marginalize with demagoguery.

imastinker 3 years, 10 months ago

This is a good letter - although the facts don't mean that enrollment will decrease. Enrollment has been increasing at a very fast pace, it may only slow the increase in enrollment rather than cause a decrease in enrollment.

George Lippencott 3 years, 10 months ago

Interesting. Tuition has in fact increased about 70% since 2002. It would seem that our students and their parents are increasingly providing the resources for their education. I should note that the state contribution has declined but that the state contribution has always come from the taxes paid by the same parents and students (and a whole lot of other Kansans). See: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/loyal-opposition/2011/feb/18/is-college-worth-the-money/

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