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Letter: Tuition blame

June 29, 2013

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To the editor:

This week, I attended orientation at Kansas University. My son is a freshman, an exciting time in his life, and I am thrilled for his educational journey to continue at a university so rich in history and academic excellence. I attended the financial aid session, and the presenter was correct in telling us that education is expensive, but ignorance is even more costly.

This would have been the perfect opportunity to discuss the recent, dramatic increase in tuition and how it came to be. Parents, the conservatives in the Kansas Legislature slashed funding for higher education and Gov. Brownback signed those cuts into law, directly generating that tuition hike. I understand the university is increasing tuition to maintain standards and quality, but I hope they take the opportunity to educate future students and parents attending orientation what to expect, and more importantly, why it happened.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 2 years ago

When I first attended KU in 1974, I am quite sure that tuition was about $225. Oh, for the good old days!

Correction for inflation:
What cost $225 in 1974 would cost $1033.21 in 2012.
http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi

parrothead8 2 years ago

1974 wasn't the "good old days" for everybody, you know.

Alceste 2 years ago

The parents of the "children" entering KU voted in the type and makeup of the Kansas legislature. It's quite difficult to feel, sense, or think of any "compassion" for them getting what they asked for.......and that includes higher tuition.

These same parents shall soon have an opportunity to fix what they helped break come election time. Will they seize said opportunity? Doubt it.....

irishjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

And yet the Chancellor gets a $60,000 raise? Where is the equity in that?

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