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Discussion starts on whether to set tuition rates for two years

December 19, 2012

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— State higher education officials on Wednesday started a discussion on whether to establish tuition rates at public universities for two years.

Rates now are set annually.

Kenny Wilk of Lansing, chairman of the Fiscal Affairs and Audit Committee of the Kansas Board of Regents, said a two-year tuition rate could improve long-term planning. He noted that Gov. Sam Brownback has said he will propose a two-year state budget when the 2013 legislative session starts next month.

Regent Fred Logan of Leawood expressed support of setting tuition rates for two years, saying, "It's a great idea with the understanding that nothing is going to be set in stone. I just think it's good fiscal practice."

Board members voiced concern about increasing tuition rates over the past several years.

Regent Ed McKechnie of Arcadia said legislators need to better understand their funding decision's impact tuition increases.

"I think we are at the tipping point where something has to change in the tuition world," he said. "We just cant keep raising tuition at the rate we've been raising. That doesn't work for me."

University administrators said a two-year rate was doable, but expressed some concerns.

"There are so many costs we don't control," such as health insurance increases, said Theresa Gordzica, KU's chief business and planning financial officer.

KU already has a compact that locks in tuition rates for four years, but that rate changes with each incoming freshman class. In June, the regents approve a 4.9 percent increase in tuition and fees for incoming freshmen at KU.

The Fiscal Affairs panel asked representatives of the schools to start talking with students about the idea to see what they think of it.

Comments

Jfscc1951 1 year, 7 months ago

KU needs to accept reality. The past several years tuition has been raised about 6% racy year. Now really, this rate increase is unsustainable, as the regions earning power is not even close to that prototype rate. This trend if continued will clearly result in a have and have not class separation. A return to English society of a few hundred years ago?

That is if Provost Vitter leaves soon. Much more of this person and the problem grows larger quicker. We truly are entering the period of the all administrative university - or the era of nationwide administrative plagiarism. Nothing going on here that has not already wreaked havoc at many other places.

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kuguardgrl13 1 year, 7 months ago

Wonder how that will change the 4 year compact. It's a nice deal to be able to plan for four years. Unfortunately a lot of us take an extra year or two and then have to pay whatever the going rate is.

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gr 1 year, 7 months ago

Raise the tuition 10-20% a year. Because these students are only going to school to become successful and they should "pay their fair share" (which means successful people should pay not only more, but at a much higher rate. The attitude of: anyone besides me should be punished by paying way more). Most likely, they will leave the state (exporting). Sock it to 'em! Raise the tuition. Never question if any spending should be cut.

That'll teach them from being successful.

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