Thursday, June 4, 2015

Oregon universities link tuition limits to funding boost

The Register Guard
June 2nd, 2015


The presidents of Oregon universities are pledging to limit tuition increases if the Legislature agrees to increase higher education funding over the next two years.
University administrators have spent most of the year pushing aggressively for a two-year budget of $755 million, which they say would restore their funding to roughly the level it was at in 2007 without adjusting for inflation. Their funding request is $85 million more than legislative budget writers initially proposed.
If they get their way, the universities are promising to spend the additional money on initiatives that help more students graduate at a lower cost. That includes lower tuition for students that need it, more advisers and faculty.
The proposal “would give students and legislators some security that the money would be spent very directly in a way to increase student success,” Portland State University President Wim Wiewel said Monday. “We are very hopeful that with that kind of a certainty, the Legislature would use some of that additional money that is available to provide more funding for the universities.”

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