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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.”