Tuition freeze in the works at U

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 13, 2012 - 6:49 AM

Regents ask the Legislature for more state money in exchange for putting a lid on tuition.

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donm251Oct. 12, 1210:55 PM

It's nothing more than a trade off. The U is NOT holding down costs. It's adding more costs to the taxpayer in lieu of the students paying more.

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friessboyOct. 12, 1211:33 PM

Typical U of M, I went there for 4 years and saw the waste. The U needs to get severly cut and the profs and presidents need to fund the tuition increases with salary cuts/freezes. Minnesota wake up and quit throwing your money down that money pit.

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getacluemanOct. 13, 1212:26 AM

There was a story yesterday about the U deciding to call various positions by different name so they'd sound less "administrative"! As one commenter who works there correctly pointed out, the U is massively overstaffed with high dollar useless administrative employees (not to be confused with lower level clerical workers). I was really hoping this new president would get a handle on this, but it appears he's just like those before him. The state legislators need to DEMAND that Administrative positions get significantly reduced before they even consider giving them any more funding. If they'd reduce these useless admin jobs, perphaps they wouldn't need more money from taxpayers or students.

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furguson11Oct. 13, 12 3:50 AM

I agree with donm251. This is just a sexy appeal for more funding in advance of a projected $1 billion dollar state budget shortfall in the next biennium. As a public institution, the UofM should manage administrative expenses and have "accountability" without receiving incentives.

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erikj3Oct. 13, 12 4:29 AM

A freeze on tuition in exchange for more money from taxpayers is a joke! Taxpayers are the ones who pay that $12000 tuition, one way or the other. So why is the U demanding more and more? Cut your tuition, and cut your administration!

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stplooklistnOct. 13, 12 5:28 AM

Rescinding all those sweet money deals that admin had or left with could recup a good chunk of change.

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guth54Oct. 13, 12 6:48 AM

The UofM's focus is on sports, not education. Why else would they spend 300 Million dollars on a football facility used for 18 hours of competition per year?

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mnnice33Oct. 13, 12 7:10 AM

Thank Goodness the readers see through this transparent hoax by the U! And to think these are the same people who are educating our young people. They must think the rest of the population is pretty ignorant not to see through this. How foolish of them.

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seaclearOct. 13, 12 8:17 AM

Shame on the Regents! "... extraordinary bargain I think we are offering here." Maybe the Pentagon would "freeze" their expenses if Congress would give them several billion dollars. The state is kicking the financial can down the road. It's like wetting the bed; sooner or later you have to get up and do something about it.

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huggybear28Oct. 13, 12 8:20 AM

Tuition at the U in 2000 was $4,400. Today it is $12,000. Someone needs to tell the president, congress, governor, legislature, and board of regents the issue is NOT student loan interest rates. The issue is the rising cost of college! The increase in tuition at the U over the past 12 years is completely unacceptable and almost criminal to the people of Minnesota. If tuition wasn't so high, then students would not be taking out as many loans in the first place. The U needs to live within its means like everyone else. Learn to actually cut something instead of just sticking the costs to your students/the taxpayers every year.

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