Friday, March 13, 2015

PSU students protest plans to raise tuition to $8,124

Oregonian
March 12th, 2015

About 200 Portland State University students and supporters gathered Thursday on campus to protest plans to raise tuition and fees for resident undergraduates to more than $8,000 a year.
The students waved signed and chanted ("Education is our mission; stop increasing our tuition") before the PSU Board of Trustees gathered for a meeting to consider the increase. Some faculty and staff joined the demonstration in support of the students.
PSU proposes raising undergraduate tuition for a full-time student from $7,794 to $8,124 for the 2015-2016 academic year, a 4.23 percent bump.
PSU President Wim Wiewel (pronounced Vim VEE-Vell) defended the need for a tuition increase during an interview Thursday with The Oregonian/OregonLive.com.
"I'm very sympathetic about the student concerns about this," Wiewel said. "In the end it's the responsibility of the board, and my responsibility as president, to make sure the institution has a balanced budget and long-term viability, and that requires increasing tuition as well as continued cuts."

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