More budget cuts, tuition hikes: despite signs of recovery, schools bleed. (Update).
Here's a sampling of what's been happening at IHEs in recent weeks:
* Fall tuition increases of 25 percent have been proposed for the Kansas state university system--the highest in 30 years.
* North Carolina's community college system could be hit by a 10 percent state funding cut, even as it faces record enrollments. Summer school classes will likely be the first casualty.
* University of Wyoming student fees will increase 19 percent in the coming school year. Meal rates for residents will climb 5.9 percent and apartment rental fees could increase by 9 percent.
* Virginia Tech plans to eliminate more than 200 faculty, staff, administrative, and graduate teaching positions next year to offset $25 million in cuts for 2002-2003.
* Virginia Tech and Radford University (VA) both approved 9 percent tuition/fee increases in March.
* The University of Wisconsin system will have to absorb $108 million in cuts to offset the state's $1.1 billion deficit. "The UW system is down to the bone," UW-Milwaukee Provost John Wanat told reporters. "What we've got at this campus and other campuses is people working very hard with few resources."
* Western New Mexico University's Board of Regents voted unanimously to raise tuition and fees 6.5 percent this fall for full-time in-state undergraduates. Non-residents will pay almost 9 percent more.
* Faced with $21 million in budget cuts, the University of Washington has proposed a 16 percent tuition hike, its largest increase since 1985.
* James Madison University (VA) will raise tuition and fees 4.7 percent next fall to offset the $4.7 million cut from the school's budget this year. Similar increases will be necessary next year to meet the $7.3 million in cuts proposed for the school's 2003-2004 budget.
* George Mason University (VA) has raised tuition and fees 16.5 percent for in-state students.
* Southern Utah University will raise tuition 9 percent in the fall. Six other Utah schools are increasing tuition rates by up to 15 percent.
* Ball State University (IN) will raise summer session fees by 10 percent. President Blaine Brownell said the increase would help the school meet "basic needs."
* The state of Indiana has cut more than $100 million in technology funding from Indiana state colleges and universities. Schools must now either add technology fees to student bills or increase existing fees.
* Ohio State University will raise tuition 19 percent for new in-state students and 9 percent for returning students, beginning this summer. OSU had proposed a 34 percent increase in February, but lawmakers threatened to reinstate a tuition increase cap that was lifted last year when the state refused to increase the higher education budget. The school plans to continue raising fees by 9 percent for the next two to three years.
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|Date:||Jun 1, 2002|
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