Friday, January 7, 2011

"Significant" increases in student fees must be put in context

The idea of a "significant" increase in student fees as a response to the state's budget shortfall has to be put in the context of significant increases already over the past three years, nearly 50% for undergraduates and nearly 60% for graduate students.

And cuts over nearly 30% in state general fund support for UNLV, including cuts to faculty and staff pay and benefits with more on the way. And plans that are already being implemented to bring student fees more in line with market conditions on a per-program basis.

So to say "raise tuition" as a solution is as much an oversimplification as "no new taxes." Its just hard to see how those too over-simplifications can be reconciled with each other.

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